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Sydney Markets moves west to the third city at the Aerotropolis

Australia’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable wholesale market, Sydney Markets in Flemington will soon make the move to the Aerotropolis in Western Sydney under an agreement with the NSW Government, while plans are underway for a significant urban renewal project at its existing site.

The soon-to-be vacated site looks set to be transformed into a green urban village, dubbed Flemington 2036. The concept by Sydney architect Tony Owen includes a mix of urban agriculture, commercial offerings, high-density living, shared facilities and a new market hall.

Originally based in Haymarket close to Darling Harbour, the markets relocated west to Flemington in 1975 to be closer to the centre of Sydney at Parramatta. The relocation completes a move westward from Haymarket to Flemington near the River City of Parramatta to the third city at the Aerotropolis.

“With Sydney now planned to have three city centres the announcement that Sydney Markets will move further west to be part of the third city at the Aerotropolis completes their move to the areas of growth,” Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said.

“The massive markets site at Flemington is an ideal opportunity for an urban redevelopment at the scale of a mini city.”

The architect’s vision for the new site at Flemington is for green and connected urban agriculture with the use of green roofs to promote communal agriculture and to help reduce the heat build-up on the site while capturing water run-off. The entire Flemington 2036 project will be self-sustainable with the food grown on-site. The proposal is anticipated to support up to 10,000 new residents and 4,000 workers. There is also an option of providing a new station on the proposed Metro West line to further connect the site to jobs in Parramatta and in the Sydney CBD.

Original article: The Urban Developer, November 19, 2018

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