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Majura Avenue – Fenced Off

By 17 July 2009 19

Driving down Majura Avenue, Dickson (just past the Wakefield Avneue lights) and I saw construction fencing along about 10 houses.

I thought it was unusual.

Any ideas?

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19 Responses to Majura Avenue – Fenced Off
#1
Holden Caulfield2:04 pm, 17 Jul 09

Demolish houses.

Build some shitty apartments.

Make lots of money.

Repeat ad nauseum.

#2
AG Canberra2:10 pm, 17 Jul 09

Not really a bad use of the space…..

These places will house more people and use less energy than the ten homes already there. The residents will use less fuel to get to work in the city (compared to the residents of Gungahlin) – geez – they might even bus it or ride a bike!

As long as the apartments fit in with what’s around there what’s the problem?

And just cuase someone makes money from it doesn’t make it wrong….

#3
funkylovebunny2:27 pm, 17 Jul 09

But what’s the benefit/point of living in an apartment or medium-high density if you can’t walk to the shops or other services?? They should have rezoned Majura Ave to allow shops on the ground level (with apartments above) to create some commercial activity and life on the street.

This development has now set a precedent; expect to see a lot more of these developments in the area.

#4
Loose Brown2:34 pm, 17 Jul 09

HC is spot on. These houses have been gradually purchased over the past few years. This process gradually quickened in the last couple of years (according to allhomes).

The actual purchaser of these blocks got as many as they could all in a row (7) and then had an architect draw up some plans for high density apartments. This went into the normal development application process and was approved. Then, the purchaser of this land then sold the whole lot to a builder with the approved DA.

This is a remarkably easy way to make an absolute shedload of cash (for those who already have it!). For example one house was purchased in 08 for 725K and sold to the builder for 856K. Some of the blocks went for 935K!

The plans say about 6 units on each block. There are seven blocks, so that’s 42 apartments. In the next suburb over in Braddon they go for around 400K each. So the builder has bought the land for $7 million, and could sell for $16.8 million minus construction costs.

Thanks AllHomes.

What GFC??

#5
Loose Brown2:48 pm, 17 Jul 09

Funkylovebunny – this area has already been rezoned to allow this type of residential development – but not for commercial use. You will see that kind of development in Braddon when they get their act together – but mixed commercial/residential for Majura Ave would be innapropriate (and probably not commerially viable).

And I live in the area and enjoy a nice, quick walk to either Ainslie or Dickson, where there is a ton of services. It’s great!

#6
Holden Caulfield2:59 pm, 17 Jul 09

AG Canberra said :

And just cuase someone makes money from it doesn’t make it wrong….

Of course not.

So long as they’re well built apartments and not shitty, as in built to the lowest possible price with little care for the consequence of such practice. Seems many developers just like to cash in on settlement day without a care for what happens in the next few years, let alone the next 20.

#7
AG Canberra3:20 pm, 17 Jul 09

HC I agree – and with today’s story about all certifiers being contracted out – I don’t hold out much hope that the dodgy builders might ever be held to account in our city…

However there are good builders that put up good dwellings – just no encouragement for there to be more of them!

#8
Hercsie3:46 pm, 17 Jul 09

You gotta wonder about the extra load on the infrastructure.

7 houses = approx 21 people
42 units = approx 100+?

same size sewer pipes under the ground with 5 times the amount of shyte / waste water etc.

#9
Morgan4:07 pm, 17 Jul 09

Hercsie said :

You gotta wonder about the extra load on the infrastructure.

7 houses = approx 21 people
42 units = approx 100+?

same size sewer pipes under the ground with 5 times the amount of shyte / waste water etc.

Wouldn’t it be good if there was a government agency that considered this sort of thing as a kind of application, maybe we would call it a development application.

#10
Holden Caulfield4:25 pm, 17 Jul 09

AG Canberra said :

HC I agree – and with today’s story about all certifiers being contracted out – I don’t hold out much hope that the dodgy builders might ever be held to account in our city…

However there are good builders that put up good dwellings – just no encouragement for there to be more of them!

Yep.

So which one do you work for. :P

#11
Loose Brown4:36 pm, 17 Jul 09

I predict rear-enders on Majura Ave as people DARE to slow down to turn into their driveways. The cheek!

#12
GardeningGirl5:31 pm, 17 Jul 09

Holden Caulfield said :

So long as they’re well built apartments and not shitty, as in built to the lowest possible price with little care for the consequence of such practice. Seems many developers just like to cash in on settlement day without a care for what happens in the next few years, let alone the next 20.

+1

#13
vg7:16 pm, 17 Jul 09

“Driving down Majura Avenue, Dickson (just past the Wakefield Avneue lights) and I saw construction fencing along about 10 houses.

I thought it was unusual.

Any ideas?”

WTF is so confusing about construction? Ideas? House building…..but call me crazy

Is that duck that people saw anywhere around here?

I saw a man today…..any ideas?

#14
Ivan761:30 am, 18 Jul 09

vg said :

“WTF is so confusing about construction? Ideas? House building…..but call me crazy

Is that duck that people saw anywhere around here?

I saw a man today…..any ideas?

+ 1 & Brilliantly put!

#15
yeahright8:22 am, 18 Jul 09

The main problem imo will be (as spotted by Loose Brown) the traffic issues on Majura road. As long as they handle the driveway issue well, it should be okay I guess. It would be a pretty good spot to live, although not really easy walking distance to either Dickson or Civic.

#16
ant10:28 am, 18 Jul 09

Loose Brown said :

I predict rear-enders on Majura Ave as people DARE to slow down to turn into their driveways. The cheek!

Yes, this will be quite an imposition on the tailgaters.

Sadly, a lot of these “upmarket” unit developments recently have been amazingly jerrybuilt and how they get final approval is a mystery as some (allegedly) do not satisfy some basic requirements, eg WRT plumbing, insulation, and firewalls.

#17
Jivrashia11:46 pm, 18 Jul 09

Holden Caulfield said :

Seems many developers just like to cash in on settlement day without a care for what happens in the next few years, let alone the next 20.

Hah! With the kind of cheap and nasty material they’re using these days, not to mention shoddy substandard workmanship, it’ll be a miracle if they last 20 years.

vg said :

WTF is so confusing about construction? Ideas? House building…..but call me crazy
Is that duck that people saw anywhere around here?
I saw a man today…..any ideas?

You’ll be spitting chips if your next door suddenly turns into a 5 storey apartment block (or is the limit 7? One or the other.)
NIMBY.

#18
Hercsie6:49 pm, 20 Jul 09

morgan, perhaps the same agency could also be mindful of road infrastructure load

- alas not!

#19
bigred8:56 pm, 20 Jul 09

I am told there is nothing worse than being alone in a new complex and hearing your neighbour has “got lucky”. Bring back double brick I say.

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