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IMAX plan to be decided

An artist's impression of the new building. Source: supplied

BY Charlotte Grieve

A modified proposal to develop the Darling Harbour IMAX building will be recommended for approval by the NSW Department of Planning.
The Department said on Wednesday June 8 that the building will 25 storeys.
The new building will house a refurbished theatre, and will now include and serviced apartment complex.
Melbourne-based development company Grocon Pty Ltd has lodged the second and final application to develop Darling Harbour’s historic IMAX building.
The original was met by four public submissions and ten government agency submissions objecting the proposal. Key issues raised included the use of public land, building design, traffic, access and safety.
“Consultation with the community is enshrined into the process for assessing applications like these,” a spokesperson from the Department said.
The independent Planning Assessment Commission will make the final decision on Grocon Pty Ltd’s second application
“The Planning Assessment Commission is an important part of the NSW planning system ensuring major developments are subject to expert, independent review and assessment.
The amended application has responded to issues raised by providing a three storey car stacker, a new playground, and an updated Harbour Street pedestrian walkway.
Elizabeth Elenius from the Pyrmont Action Group said the proposal was “the least worst development,” in the Darling Harbour precinct but said it was “just another selling off of Darling Harbour for inappropriate use.”
“More towers and more office buildings– It’s ceased to be the people’s place, Darling Harbour” she said.