A new community hub is coming to Erskineville — meet Park Sydney, a 6.9-hectare precinct that is designed to bring all you need under one roof, effectively making it unnecessary to leave your apartment block. With the slogan "everything in one place", the design comes complete with a newly-made public park with built in bike paths, along with parkside restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, all situated within the residential apartments.
The development has been 20 years in the making, with decades of changes planned for the site before a project was finally confirmed, and what a project it is. An "integrated living" design, the precinct's biggest draw is its 7,400sqm of parkland, which will be built specifically for Park Sydney residents and include public BBQ facilities, amphitheatres, play areas, walkways and cycleways — the latter of which will take bikers directly into the CBD. Free visitor parking, pocket parks and a childcare centre are also part of the masterplan.
The precinct is spread across nine buildings and will include a wide range of dining options, from high-end restaurants to relaxing park-side cafes. Residents can pop downstairs to the veg shop for a quick fix, or do a full on shop at the hub's onsite supermarket. Additional retail shops will make trekking into the city for late-night shopping obsolete. Exact restaurants and shops are still to be announced, but we imagine it will be competitive real estate.
The residential apartments are designed by award-winning WMK Architecture and are set to be completed in 2019. The design is meant to reflect the Australian environment and has been created with sustainability in mind. It hasn't yet been announced when the entire precinct will finish, but it will be one hell of a place to live once it is.