Parramatta councillors have initiated the first two development sites of the city centre’s revived Parramatta Square development.
The Parramatta Square project, formerly the Civic Place proposal, will provide public space, council facilities, retail and corporate centres for 13,000 office workers.
It will include a 65-storey residential tower, one of the tallest in the state, at the corner of Church Street and Darcy Street.
A development application has already been lodged for a 13-storey, 27,000 square metre office block on the corner of Macquarie and Smith streets as part of the project.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said: ‘‘We believe by getting DA approvals before the sale of these properties will make these developments more attractive to the market as it de-risks the process.’’