Fund manager EG has lodged plans for a six-storey boarding house at Redfern in Sydney’s inner city fringe as institutional investors look to beef up their exposure in the beleaguered co-living sector.
EG plans to build the ‘L’-shaped residential project on a 1000sq m site on 175-177 Cleveland Street.
The amalgamated site, incorporating seven lots, is currently occupied by a number of low-format buildings and a carpark.
Under plans designed by Mark Shapiro Architects, the 4000sq m apartment building would be made up of three forms: a four-storey masonry “base,” a large 126sq m central landscaped courtyard and a recessive metal-clad upper level, set back from the street.
Features of co-living buildings include furnished rooms or apartments, short-term leases that typically start at three months, utilities bills included in the rent, shared common areas and regular events organised by onsite management.
EG’s proposal is for 120 self-contained studios, accommodating up to 188 lodgers, with a split of 52 single and 62 double rooms.
The development will also include expansive internal and external common areas including a cafe, study area, communal garden, and roof-top activities area.
If realised, the development will be among a number of mixed-use developments on Cleveland Street, ranging from single- to six-storey buildings, characterised by masonry construction, as well as more recent infill metal-clad typologies.
Recent completed developments in the area include 157 Cleveland Street, 47-49 Chippen Street, and multiple large-scale developments in the area including the Eveleigh Street Pemulwuy “The Block” precinct.
Redfern has been undergoing significant change since the then Redfern Waterloo Authority undertook an urban renewal strategy.
The area was rezoned in the early 2000s to accommodate more density. It in line to become a major benefactor of the Sydney Metro rail project.
In early 2020, the state government earmarked Redfern for the state’s first build-to-rent mixed housing project to boost social housing outcomes.
There has also been a spike in demand for purpose-built student accommodation with about 2000 beds to be added to the area.
For EG, the state significant development application follows a productive financial year, raising $1.1 billion of equity and securing 18 assets totalling $1.6 billion—13 in Sydney and five in other Australian capital cities.
The fund manager currently oversees $4.3 billion in real estate on behalf of super funds and private wealth clients, and also manages a $3.9-billion development pipeline.