Wednesday 24 January 2018
Kings Cross must continue to be a diverse and vibrant hub and my submission opposed the proposal to demolish multiple buildings consisting of the Bourbon and Empire hotels, a pharmacy, a medical centre, commercial space and serviced apartments into a uniform block of 83 apartments with two smaller licensed venues and a retail space. The beautiful Bourbon Victorian façade would be lost and a six storey bland wall would occupy the site. The proposal breaches a number of heritage and height controls, neighbouring apartments would lose light and views and over 100 new cars would be introduced to the already congested area.
This proposal must be determined by an appointed Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) not the City of Sydney, following legislation passed last year that I opposed in Parliament.