Lord Mayor Lorraine Wearne announced today that works on two parts of Civic Place would start soon.
Cr Wearne was speaking at the council's Re-Thinking Sydney forum at the Opera House today, designed to encourage business investment in Parramatta CBD.
She said the council would hold a design competition to find iconic designs for two high rise buildings.
One to be located on the corner of Darcy and Church Streets, which is the former Hungry Jack's site and the other on the corner of Smith and Macquarie Streets, both part of the 8 hectare Civic Place site owned by the council.
"We're looking for buildings which will be the gateway to Parramatta, which will be truly memorable," Cr Wearne said.
She said the former Hungry Jack's site would be home to a mixed purpose, but mostly residential building of 55 storeys in height and the other block would be a 20 storey mostly commercial building.
"We'll have no trouble finding developers for the residential building, but the commercial may be trickier, but I think we can do it."
Cr Wearne said after the design competition, the council would put together development applications for the buildings and then put the projects out to tender.
For more details pick up tomorrow'sParramatta Sun.