April 10th, 2017.
By Lachlan Bradbury.
The Northern Beaches Council’s $10 million project to construct a new seawall, boardwalk, and carpark in Church Point is regarded as a positive move by both local business owner and regional realestate agent. As construction approaches its second stage of the massive waterside upgrade, hopes remain high that the project will not only improve the aesthetics and accessibility of the small suburb, but raise the value of local properties as well. Work, which began in July 2016, is set to complete its first stage in late April, according to plans outlined by Northern Beaches Council.
Mary Romeo, long-time owner and operator of the Church Point General Store, which also serves as cafe, postal office, and restaurant, welcomes the new construction projects, which she describes as a “sympathetic development.”
“Church Point needs it,” Romeo claims, “it’s a beautiful location.”
Romeo, a great believer in renovation, says that the suburb needs to grow with the times.
Others who have welcomed this change include regional real-estate agent Mary Rowley, who believes the recent developments in Church Point has put it on the map for outside investors and home buyers.
Previously being perceived as “rustic,” and “niche,” Rowley thinks that Church Point has become the flavour of the Northern Beaches.
Some residents have voiced their concerns when the project began, stating that construction obstructed their normal parking. Rowley acknowledges these issues as a “thorn in the side of locals,” but dismisses the upsets, claiming that it’s “a short-term inconvenience for a long-term improvement for residents.”
The next stage of the elaborate project, the multi-storey carpark, is set to be completed by the end of the year and will grant 120 spaces for drivers, which Mrs. Rowley thinks is not enough.