Finalised plans for the Stuart Flats redevelopment in Manuka will be unveiled this week in community consultation sessions at the Griffith Neighbourhood Centre.
Developer Morris Property Group is proposing to build 414 dwellings across three blocks, as well as a child care centre, health facility and basement parking.
The buildings will range from three to six storeys and include a mix of units, with some terrace homes.
The development is planned to proceed in three stages with the first release in spring of 100 apartments at the top of Light Street with excellent views to the north over St Paul’s Anglican Church, and south over the park and Griffith.
Stage 2 (284 apartments) on Captain Cook Crescent will feature the child care and medical centre, while the final stage will include terrace homes sitting on the edge of the park on Light Street.
The proposed unit mix will be 10 per cent to 15 per cent three-bedroom apartments, 55 per cent to 60 per cent two-bedroom apartments and 30 per cent to 35 per cent one-bedroom apartments.
The former Stuart Flats public housing is being demolished with the site expected to be cleared by November.
It is hoped that a development application would be approved by the end of the year or early 2020 for a construction start in February on Stage 1, which will take about 18 months to complete.
Last week the proposal passed through another round of design review and the plans are being finalised with the architect so they can be presented to the community.
A name and a theme for the project is also expected to be released soon.
The first of the two sessions is on Wednesday 24 July with a 3-4 pm presentation to Manuka business owners, and then a 4-6 pm slot for the public. This will be repeated on Thursday.
MPG’s Slade Minson said development was an important project for the Inner South, that would help rejuvenate Manuka, where business owners had recently highlighted the area’s decline.
“We expect the Manuka precinct in particular will benefit from the economic uplift of construction activity, and ultimately 400 new property owners over the coming years,” he said.