Just days after the official opening of the Warrick Lane underground carpark and plaza in Blacktown, work has already begun on the next stage of Blacktown City Council’s development and transformation of the CBD.

Contractors AW Edwards have begun initial works on 4 development sites located in the area bounded by Warrick Lane, the railway line and Sunnyholt Road.

The adjacent lots of approximately 3,000 square metres each, were part of the former carpark that has now been made redundant by the new underground facility.

Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM said; “This is Council-owned land that has been slated for future development.

 “The work on the 4 lots will add value to Council’s assets and provide prospective developers and consortiums with ‘ready-to-build, clean sites’ that won’t have to undergo expensive and time-consuming demolition and remediation work.

“These sites will accommodate key strategic uses that will benefit our City Centre. One is planned to house a purpose-built campus for Australian Catholic University, Council Administration Centre and the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.

“The others are slated for private development that may include commercial office space, a hotel, assisted living accommodation and apartments.”

Work already underway includes removing old fill, levelling the sites, installation of a temporary detention basin and upgrading of services. The work is anticipated to be completed by October 2021.

“Council is committed to continuing the transformation of the Blacktown CBD into a modern, vibrant, sustainable city centre.” Mayor Bleasdale said.

Photo: The redevelopment sites looking west from Sunnyholt Rd.