Towers fall to homes

After a two-year delay the notorious Stirling Towers in Highgate will finally be demolished and replaced with contemporary mixed housing.

The department of communities first mooted redeveloping the public housing site in 2014, and all the residents were relocated years ago.

Early last year the department was in contract negotiations with a preferred partner, but they withdrew from the procurement process.

This week the department announced they were aiming to lodge a development application with Vincent council in June.

Plans are still on the drawing board but the idea is that it’ll be an “integrated community” with apartments and townhouses catering for a mix of families, downsizers, couples and singles.

Aiming to avoid the aesthetic mistakes of the past, it’ll have landscape gardens, communal areas and a ground-floor cafe.

The development will have a mix of social and affordable housing, as well as properties for sale at market value.

The DoC’s Greg Cash says “we see this as a great opportunity to showcase what’s possible in the creation of first class integrated communities through infill development close to transport, entertainment and other amenity.

“The department of communities will seek community feedback on the proposed designs to ensure this development adds to the emerging vibrancy of the Highgate/Beaufort Street area.

“As part this, the department will continue to keep locals informed as decisions are made and key milestones achieved.”

The schedule for demolition and construction won’t be set until the department gets planning approval.

by DAVID BELL

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