Civic Green officially opened at Old Strokers Pool Hall site on King Street

From bikie clubhouse to boutique apartments Life Property Group managing director Bill Ryder, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and managing director of PRDnationwide Newcastle Mark Kentwell at the official opening on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil
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The building when it was used as the Strokers Pool Hall.

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Rebels bikie clubhouse is dismantled by police in February 2014. Picture: Darren Pateman

The new Civic Green apartments. Picture: Marina Neil

The official opening of the Civic Green apartments on King Street. Claudio Minns and Bill Ryder from Life Property Group are pictured with Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes. Picture: Marina Neil

Bill Ryder from Life Property Group at the official opening of the Civic Green apartments on Friday. Picture: Marina Neil

Inside the Civic Green apartments.

Inside the new ‘Civic Green’ apartments.

Inside the new ‘Civic Green’ apartments.

Inside the new ‘Civic Green’ apartments.

Inside the new ‘Civic Green’ apartments.

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A large number of parking spaces for bicycles and scooters have been provided, but only six car parking spaces.

That appeared to be no obstacle tobuyers, who quickly snapped up all 32 apartments off the plan.

“So we wereexpecting there to be a strong tilt of investors but there’sactually ended up being more owner-occupiers,” Mr Kentwell said.

Most were embracing bicycles, public transport and walking as an alternative to commutingby car, he said.

“Not every building is going to be able to offer car parking…[but] all aroundthe world the dense cities that people love to visit are constrained withparking,” he said.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the council was pleased that the private sector appeared to be behind thepush fora liveable and walkable city with cycleways and active transport links.

“They’ve already made that investment and that investment is being opened today. I think that’s a really good sign,” she said.

“It’s great the developers have acknowledged how good Newcastle City Council hasbeen to work with. I have to pay tribute to our building and development staff…we’ve kept the numbers thesame and we’ve seen a huge influx of DAs.”

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