There is a proposal to build a seven-story building on the corner of Pemberton and Thurgoona Streets, Albury.
Residents were first made aware of the proposal when an article by David Johnstone, "$11 million city apartments plan", unveiled was published in The Border Mail on December 1.
This article states that the proposed new building is "of a high architectural quality and respectful to its surrounds".
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It is our belief that the proposed building is not in keeping with the surrounding areas.
The Hamilton complex, which we believe is by the same developer, is in a business area, whereas this proposed development is in mainly a residential area.
Many residents are concerned with the height of the proposed building, being seven stories, and feel that no consideration has been given to the character of the area.
Most of the surrounding streets are heritage listed and the houses are mainly single story.
The proposed building would greatly detract from the ambience of the area, and residents are also concerned about the amenity impact this development will have on the area.
Residents are extremely concerned that notification of this development has been released just before Christmas, and when there have been council elections and the new council has not yet been formed.
There has been no community consultation at all.
Albury is expanding very quickly and so it is vital that there is good town planning that protects the style that makes Albury a city people want to live.
This could be the first of many high-rise apartments in inappropriate areas.
An extension from Albury Council for the lodgement of objections has been granted over the proposal.
Interested residents can submit a letter of objection to the Infrastructure and Planning Department at 553 Kiewa Street, Albury, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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