The NSW government wants to move the Sydney Fish Market

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The NSW government wants to build a new $250 million fish market, pushing out into Blackwattle Bay just a few hundred metres from the existing site, which they want to sell off for apartments to pay for the development.

The government’s development arm, UrbanGrowth NSW (UGNSW), has signed a deal with the privately-owned Sydney Fish Market, which has been lobbying the government for more than a decade to improve the venue, the biggest fish market in the southern hemisphere. Around 2.7 million people visit the market, which has been there for 50 years, annually, selling 13,400 tonnes of seafood a year.

The new venue is expected to be double the size of the existing market and take over the existing concrete plant and adjacent dilapidated coal bunker wharves.

While there is no actual design – the government is calling for expressions of interest – NSW planning minister Rob Stokes says the new market will include levels under the waterline in a building with 35,000 square metres of floorspace, including 15,500sqm of retail space. The government expects the number of visitors to the market to double too, but had not revealed any plans for improved access to the already heavily congested area beside the Anzac Bridge.

Stokes said there will be outdoor dining seating for more than 3,000 people and possibility a rooftop bar. The wharves will berth the fishing fleet and recreational vessels.

UGNSW’s plan is part of its 2014 proposal to redevelop 95-hectares of government-owned land, dubbed the Bays Precinct, around the area.

NSW premier Mike Baird wants work on the new market under way by the end of 2018 and completed within two years. But to pay for it, UGNSW wants to build nearly 3000 apartments on the existing market site.

“The current facilities are tired and run down and upgrading and expanding the markets was a challenge that defeated the previous government,” Baird said, adding that the site will feature “world-class food and dining facilities” that will make it “a haven for foodies and tourists”.

The new market will not include any residential development, but its cost “will be offset by a mixed-use development on the site of the present fish market and car park”, the government said.

Details recently emerged that UrbanGrowth NSW has already earmarked the area around the Pyrmont markets for 2760 new dwellings – double the density of Mirvac’s larger 10.6 hectare Harold Park development in nearby Glebe, an area also part of the Bays precinct redevelopment. There have been suggestions the apartment blocks will be up to 32-storeys high.

Via Business Insider. Read the full article here.