Sydney’s former Sirius public housing block sells to private developer for $150 million

The New South Wales government will bank $150 million after selling the former Sirius public housing block in The Rocks precinct of the Sydney CBD.

Completed in 1981, the distinctive Brutalist building – the only high-rise in The Rocks – carried price hopes of about $120 million when it hit the market more than a year ago.

The incoming owner, JDH Capital, a little-known investment house directed by Jean-Dominique Huynh, a former Macquarie Bank banker, will reconfigure the structure to create 89 prestige apartments.

At present, the complex at 38-70 Cumberland Street, contains 79 dwellings.

The last public housing tenant vacated Sirius 17 months ago.

Advocates failed to have Sirius heritage protected prior to the government offering it for sale.

Save Our Sirius chairperson, Shaun Carter, is already anticipating that JDH will seek to increase the building’s density post-settlement.

Using the nearby Barangaroo development as an example, Mr Carter is quoted in this ABC item saying “that started as a project that was less than half the size that it is today. If we use that [Barangaroo] as a measure, then we could be seeing Sirius demolished and towers on the site”.

Upper levels of Sirius offer gun-barrel views of the Sydney Opera House.

Prior to selling Sirius, the state government reaped about $750 million offloading 189 public housing properties in nearby Millers Point recently.

The sale proceeds are being used to create 1500 public housing dwellings in Sydney’s suburbs.

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Marc Pallisco

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