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Belconnen’s Residential Tower

By paperboy 23 November 2005 18

I notice another ad in the ‘Commercial Properties’ section of the Times for the development of Belconnen’s “first residential tower” of up to 18 storeys.

The site is that big vacant block between Emu Bank and Chandler Street, across the road from Subway, Pizza Hut and Video Ezy, and with the bus interchange and the Belconnen Labor Club and Library nearby.

The site is to be auctioned on December 14th.

But 18 storeys! Where are all these people goin to come from, and if they’re moving in from the suburbs, what will it do to values? And does Belconnen need an eyesore to match the new Woden Tower?

[ED – This story has been previously covered by us]

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Chris S 1:38 pm 24 Nov 05

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has just heard an appeal against a proposed 3 and 4 storey building containing 63 studio apartments, 4 one bedroom and 8 two bedroom apartments, common rooms and community function room. It is on Hennessey St (the other side of College St), and will be student accommodation run by the Canberra Community Church. Read more at, case is Ammon and ACT Planning & Land Authority.

By all accounts, student accommodation is needed, but there has surely got to be a limit to the amount of medium and high density development. Then again, have you seen Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast recently – developments seem to run forever, and people seem to be filling ’em up.

Jey 8:14 am 24 Nov 05

I was wondering if that was the site ya’ll were refferring to.
Thanks for clarifying, bit of a worry though.

Kerces 4:19 pm 23 Nov 05

You think they’ll have three stories of carpark Thumper? Cos that’s about how tall the site cut would have to be I reckon.

Thumper 3:51 pm 23 Nov 05

That will be the car park K….

Kerces 3:37 pm 23 Nov 05

That site is a bloody steep hill. I was looking at the sign anouncing its sale the other day and wondering if they’d build on top of the hill or have a massive site cut, in which case the first few floors on one side would have glorious views of dirt.

terubo 2:59 pm 23 Nov 05

“The site is that big vacant block between Emu Bank and Chandler Street”
-but hang on: isn’t that the site of Belco’s ONLY glade of Atlas Cedars?!

Thumper 2:27 pm 23 Nov 05

Stop being sensible mr Ferret!

Maelinar 2:06 pm 23 Nov 05

My mind was just clouded with an image of 18 storeys of breasts, panties and drunken revelling…

Back to reality.

Growling Ferret 1:55 pm 23 Nov 05

Who knows, its next to the Uni and some of it may be used to lower the massive accommodation shortage for UCAN and ANU students (especially as it will be a sub 2 minute bus ride from ANU along the HyperDrive Bus Lane)

Indi 1:50 pm 23 Nov 05

don’t cry for me… Stanhopia!

ssanta 1:10 pm 23 Nov 05

Slaves throwing rose petals under his feet everywhere he walks….

Thumper 12:53 pm 23 Nov 05

May Day parades outside the assembly building with our benevolent leader waving to the loving masses.

Fiona 12:50 pm 23 Nov 05

yes! towers for all!

Thumper 12:50 pm 23 Nov 05

Besides, where are the masses of the proletariat going to live when Stanhope declares us a sovereign seperatist socialist state and closes the borders to all?

ixnay_on_the_illpay 12:49 pm 23 Nov 05

If it looks anything like the glorified Govvie-flat-skytower then it’s definately headed to slumsville.

Although Belconnen already is already filled with a majority of Canberras low socio-economic groups, so nmaybe a highrise slum will fit right in.

So long as they’re not charging 2.4 million for the penthouse… apparently that’s what a LBG waterview is worth these days.

Thumper 12:46 pm 23 Nov 05

At least it’ll take them away from Charnwood….

ssanta 12:04 pm 23 Nov 05

False economies fueled by baby boomer real estate investors. Coming to Canberra in 2050, riots in the slums…

Maelinar 11:14 am 23 Nov 05

I believe the last time I mentioned the similarities to the North Korean regime I was flamed, however all of the empty estates in the near future will prove me right.

Unless Canberra is going to single-handedly attempt to take over the emigration market, and we all know the only places anybody wants to go to seems to be Melbourne or Sydney, there will be no people filling these properties.

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