By Bev Jordan
The first stage of the $300 million Castle Island project has just been released by KWG Property.
Fronting Fishburn Crescent, Castle Hill, the development, when completed, will feature seven towers ranging in height from 7 to 8 levels with a total of 295 units.
Stage one consists of 76 units in 8-levels with construction proposed to start towards the end of the year with completion expected in 2024.
It includes a roof garden and gym. Stage 2 will start in 2024. Sales for the first stage opened at the weekend (February 19th). Eddie Mansour, Managing Director and Partner Ray White Projects said: “We have had just over 40% of the apartments that were released sell over the past weekend. We have had a high level of owner-occupiers that are prominently downsizers and first home buyers.”
Castle Island is one of several major developments planned around the Showground Metro Station and the revitalisation of the Castle Hill Showground precinct which will provide for shops, medical centre, childcare centres, leisure and community spaces as well as walks and cycle tracks. The precinct is considered a state significant development and the $1 billion town centre precinct project was awarded last year to OCULUS- and Cox Architecture.
The development will include nine buildings, ranging in height from three to 21 storeys and accommodate 13,000 square metres of commercial floor space. It will also include 4,900 square metres of new public open space, 500 square metres of community facilities and at least five per cent affordable housing for a minimum of 10 years.
Castle Hill Showground has been a much-loved community and sporting destination for 130 years. The Hills Shire Council’s Masterplan for the area highlighted six areas including The Village, a Promenade, the arena, the Terraces and Paddocks.
The implementation of the Castle Hill Showground Master Plan is proposed to be carried out in stages over a 30 year period. The site will become a primary civic space for a new precinct of 20,000 residents.
Hill Shire Council also released a concept plan last year for a green link between Middleton Avenue through to Carrington Road, and onto Showground Road, Castle Hill for walkers and cyclists. Green Space
The plan will create a “green spine” with new pathways, seating and connections for pedestrians and cyclists near the Showground Metro station. The project will also see valuable ecological areas protected and the Cattai Creek line rehabilitated