Affordable housing development for Central Maitland
St Vincent de Paul Housing has received approval from Maitland City Council to construct a 17-apartment affordable housing development in Central Maitland.
The building will be on the corner of High and Ward Streets, next to the Currency Lass Hotel, on a site that is currently being used as a car yard.
Two of the apartments will be accessible, while the development will include 17 car spaces, a rooftop communal space and ground level commercial premises.
Council received three submissions against the development, with concerns about density, traffic and privacy raised.
Affordable housing developments are designed to address a shortfall in affordable rentals by being charged at no more than 80 per cent of the market rate to eligible tenants.
The apartment block is part of the changing face of CBD housing, with another affordable development located on Steam Street, and a yet to be constructed 23-apartment block also going on Steam Street. The former Steptoes and Flash Palace buildings on High Street have also been converted into apartments.