The former Nine Network Willoughby headquarters on Artarmon Road will be redeveloped as a 460-apartment site following the approval of the project lodged by developer LEPC9 and architect CHROFI with the NSW Independent Planning & Environment Commission.

The residential and commercial property, which spans 2.9-hectare, will include nine nine-storey apartment buildings, sets of public lounging areas, footpaths, and plenty of accessible parks or green spaces.

The site will also include a childcare facility and other important amenities useful for the community.

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The original plan submitted with the Commission included at least two 12-storey buildings to accommodate 495 homes. The residents, including members of the Willoughby Council, initially objected against the scale of the project.

After a series of consultations with concerned residents, the Commission requested the developer to submit a modification, as well as a detailed plan for parking and traffic management.

In March, the Commission confirmed that the project has been approved for the second stage.

Construction of the residential complex, however, will not begin until 2020, when Nine Network vacates the site to establish its new office at Denison Street in North Sydney. The Willoughby headquarters was the media giant’s home for the last 60 years.

The planned residential site on Artarmon Road will be named Parkside Willoughby.