PHOTO: Epping resident Stine Baska lives near a halted project. ABC News: Liv Casben

Stine Baska moved into her Epping home two years ago.

Back then, a display office across the road was advertising a new apartment complex nearby.

A group of houses had been fenced off and were set to be demolished to make way for the development.

Ms Baska even received a glossy brochure of what the units would look like.

Today, the fence and the homes are still there, but the display office is gone.

“Nothing has happened,” Ms Baska told the ABC.

“It’s a shame.”

Key points:

  • There has been a 36 per cent drop in apartment approvals over the year to April
  • Projects put on hold have increased by 110 per cent in the past year
  • Developers say they’re now looking at commercial construction over residential

The spotlight is on Sydney’s construction industry after an apartment block in Mascot was evacuatedon Friday night over concerns about cracks in its basement beams.

It comes amid calls by the property industry for greater scrutiny and inspections of new developments.