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Next chapter for Bourke Street

It’s the next chapter for a former printing house in Sydney’s inner south, with an opportunity for a brand-new work-play-retail precinct in the area.

1035 Bourke Street, Waterloo, a 995sqm, single-storey building, is available for lease in its entirety, through Colliers International. 

The building is historically significant for its connection to William Brooks (1858-1937) a prominent printer, publisher and politician; for more than 70 years, William Brooks & Co was a thriving publisher of books, boxes, sheet music and school text books, closing its doors in the mid 1980’s. The printing factory closed its doors in the mid-1980s and the building’s most recent incarnation was a furniture warehouse. 

“Currently configured as a showroom and warehouse space, this high exposure site on the corner of Bourke and George Streets presents an extraordinary opportunity to create a desirable after-work space for local residents to meet and socialise as well as a popular destination for visitors to the area,” said Tony Crane, Manager, Sales and Leasing at Colliers International.

“The building lends itself to a vast array of retail businesses and commercial enterprises and is the ideal space for a food and beverage operator.” 

“Inspirational precedents include warehouse to restaurant conversions such as Nomad in Surry Hills or Ester in Chippendale, as well as the Spice Alley in precinct in Chippendale; the heritage style of 1035 Bourke Street is in line with buildings in these areas.”

The building also has the potential to be developed into a coffee roaster or artisan bakery, micro-brewery or distiller, organic supermarket or wholefoods operator or entertainment centre such as a karaoke bar.

“The opportunity available is indicative of the gentrification of the area,” Mr Crane said.

“Colliers has fully leased the striking new Infinity development on the corner of Botany Road and Bourke Street and this has been the catalyst for nearby owners to invest in their properties to accommodate the new retailers rushing to meet the needs of tens of thousands of new residents.”

1035 Bourke Street, Waterloo will be vacant February 2020.