[First filed: May 05, 2009 @ 09:05]
Back in 1988 quite a bit of bicentennial money was spent on the Downer shops. A very nice precinct was created, almost like a monastic cloister.
Having lived in Downer a couple of times it was something I really appreciated.
Over the years the fortunes of the shops has waxed and and waned. It’s had bike shops, take-aways, a rather good indian restaurant, and a very handy supermarket.
Only there’s nothing there at all these days. It’s all boarded up.
Some of you will say that’s the result of changing demographics, market forces, and proximity to the burgeoning commercial precinct of Dickson.
Only I happen to know that people interested in renting the space can’t even get a quote from the lease holder.
Suspicious minds might wonder if it’s being deliberately made derelict in order to make a case for a change of use. Apartments perhaps?
So should the ACT Government at least threaten to resume the lease unless the site is returned to its intended purpose?