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Are They Sirius? Controversial Building Goes On Sale Today

After years of protests, debate and angst the fate of Sydney's infamous Sirius Building hangs in the balance when it officially goes on the market today.

With breath-taking views of both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, the public housing development is expected to deliver the State Government revenue around the $100 million mark.

Despite Heritage Council recommendations to have the controversial building placed on the heritage register being rejected, NSW social housing minister Pru Goward has announced the new owner will have the option of retaining the existing structure, but if they decide to raze the building and rebuild, any new development will have to be smaller with the height not allowed to exceed the Sydney Harbour Bridge deck.

Ms Goward said: "There's no doubt it's a part of a memory of Sydney from the last century that people probably do have some affection for,"

"But in the end what matters to me is that we are able to build a lot more social housing. This will certainly boost the number of properties that we can build."

Planning minister Anthony Roberts said the Sirius site would be declared a state significant precinct. 

"Any new building proposed for the site would need to meet design excellence standards for its architectural, urban and landscape plans so that we can ensure we are creating a great place that fits well with the surrounding area," he said.

SMH

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