Aussie billionaire James Packer’s Crown casino and hotel will soar on the skyline at Barangaroo in Sydney after the project got the green light yesterday from the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission.
Packer owns 53% of Crown Resorts. Although he resigned as chairman in 2015, Crown Sydney is still perceived publicly as his baby. The luxury hotel will offer more than 300 rooms and suites, apartments, restaurants, bars, shops, conference facilities and VIP gaming rooms.
Plans for the edifice have changed many times to suit government requests. The original plan has been modified to provide more public space at the southern end of Barangaroo by setting the development back 30 metres from the harbour.
The commission said those changes meant “the public good has been given a more equal status with the private good”, ABC News reported yesterday. In its approval, the commission said Crown Sydney would be “a sculptural and elegant signature building on the foreshore”.
Crown Sydney is expected to be open by 2021. Its conditional approval was welcomed yesterday by the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTF).
TTF chief executive Margy Osmond said the development would enhance the tourism appeal of Barangaroo, which has already proved to be a hit with visitors following the opening of the Barangaroo Point Reserve last year.
“The conditional approval for this new development will increase Sydney’s luxury tourism stock and enhance the city’s reputation as a desirable destination for high-yield international visitors,” Osmond said.
“Tourism will be the great economic driver and job-generator in the wake of the mining construction boom, and it is new multi-use precincts such as Barangaroo which will keep visitors flocking to Australia.
“The Barangaroo Delivery Authority is to be congratulated for reaching this major milestone in the project.”
Written by Peter Needham