Mosman’s Mirror Gallery set for the wrecking ball.

By ANNA USHER

A new commercial and residential development with 12 apartments and street level retail space will replace Mosman’s “Mirror Galley”, now set for the wrecking ball according to plans lodged with Council.

The property, located at 566-570 Military Rd, is located on the corner of Military Rd and Cardinal St, across the road from Sacred Heart Primary School.

If approved, the existing building will be demolished to make way for 10 x two-bedroom units and 2 x one-bedroom units.

The new development will comprise 12 apartments and ground floor commercial space.

17 car spaces, comprising 14 residential, one disabled and two commercial spaces are also planned, along with four bicycle spots.

In its submission to Mosman Council on June 2, Mackenzie Architects estimate work on the project will cost $6.8 million.

“The proposal is for four levels of residential development, with one of the levels consisting of commercial and one level of basement parking,” D.A documents show.

The Mirror Gallery was once the site of the famed “Big 20” Burger Bar.

The 518 sqm site will also contain two, double width car stackers to provide independent access to 8 parking spaces.

Several residents have opposed the plans, citing increased traffic and a potential safety risk for school children entering and leaving Sacred Heart Primary School.

“The construction of the development and the 12 units will bring extra traffic to the sensitive area of Mosman, and to a school zone where young children who are not always road wise walk to school and get dropped off,” one resident says.

The corner site, once the location of a popular Mosman café known as “Big 20 Burger Bar”, will be replaced by a brick structure with external finishes in grey.

“All materials selected will be durable and hard-wearing so the development does not prematurely age,” the architect says.

“This will enhance the long-term image of the building with its careful composition of building elements, textures, materials, colours, internal design and structure contributing positively to the desired future character of the vicinity.”

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