Government applies for Stuart Flats in Griffith to be demolished

Ian Bushnell 19 April 2018 13

Stuart Flats is making way for redevelopment. Photo: ACT Archives.

The ACT Government has applied for planning approval to have the Stuart Flats in Griffith demolished in preparation for sale and redevelopment as part of its public housing renewal program.

The flats have been home to public housing tenants for more than 40 years, and they have been told of the decision to demolish the flats and the Government is in the process of finding new accommodation for them. About half have reportedly already moved out.

Three separate development applications prepared by GHD have been lodged, covering B, C and D Blocks, and refer to demolition of the 12 existing residential housing blocks; demolition of the car parking structures and associated internal access, demolition of infrastructure such as waste disposal areas and communal areas, tree removals, disconnection of services; and rehabilitation of the site.

The 30,137 square-metre site bordered by Light Street and Captain Cook Crescent is zoned RZ5: High Density Residential, and in a prime location 2.5 kilometres south-east of Capital Hill and about 300 metres to the east of Manuka Shops.

The cost of demolition is estimated to be $4.2 million.

Building plans indicate the presence of asbestos and other hazardous materials, but a survey of the site will have to wait until after tenants move out to determine the situation before demolition proceeds.

Stuart Flats, in grey.

Planning and Land Management Minister Mick Gentleman said it was expected that all of the Stuart Flats would be demolished by the successful purchaser of the site.

“However, it would be up to the purchaser to design any redevelopment and determine if and when all of Stuart Flats is to be demolished. The community will have the opportunity to comment on the redevelopment design through the development application process,” he said.

“The successful purchaser will be required to complete any redevelopment within an agreed timeframe.”

GHD says in the DAs that demolition will pave the way for new residential development close to facilities, services and public transport, and consistent with its current zoning and the original pattern of density.

It says that while future residential use is to be determined, the proposed demolition will allow for the provision of future affordable and sustainable housing choices in Canberra.

Construction of the Stuart Flats – comprising 101 two-bedroom flats, 18 two-bedroom maisonettes and 29 bed-sitting room flats – was completed in 1960.


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13 Responses to Government applies for Stuart Flats in Griffith to be demolished
Daniel Weatherby Daniel Weatherby 7:54 pm 23 Apr 18

Replace them with some nice apartments with heated pool and a decent gym 👌

Annabel Boyer Annabel Boyer 11:34 am 21 Apr 18

Seriously, where is the accountability of this government to ALL of its citizens?!

Pat Murray Pat Murray 8:14 am 21 Apr 18

Re-develop I say. Those flats have had their day.

Eleanor Joy Eleanor Joy 7:24 pm 20 Apr 18

So more overpriced uninspiring apartment architecture (if you can call it that).

Patrick J Pentony Patrick J Pentony 7:11 pm 20 Apr 18

Can you imagine the outcry if a liberal gov repossessed all the inner city public housing sites and sold them off to developers, while at the same time moving public housing Tennants to the boarders of our city. Moving people away from services and good public transport!

    Stuart Herring Stuart Herring 9:57 pm 20 Apr 18

    Repossessed? From who?

    Patrick J Pentony Patrick J Pentony 9:28 am 21 Apr 18

    Stuart Herring from social housing 🙂

    Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 1:50 pm 21 Apr 18

    Pat, could not agree more. These folks ought to be allowed stay in their homes. Spend money on making them more energy efficient

Chris Williams Chris Williams 5:21 pm 20 Apr 18

"zoned RZ5: High Density Residential" Yep, more apartments.

Starry Hardjadinata Starry Hardjadinata 4:03 pm 20 Apr 18

let me guess...more Apartments

Michael Babb Michael Babb 9:26 am 20 Apr 18

And the other half are going to slum it in Garema Place begging for meth money....

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 9:11 am 20 Apr 18

Just walked past the DA sign this morning. What a cash bonanza for ACT Deveopment Co ( known previously as the government) It is a huge site lets hope something aesthetically pleasing and nice to live in gets built.

    Eleanor Joy Eleanor Joy 7:27 pm 20 Apr 18

    Might be nice to live in if you can afford it. Aesthetically pleasing less likely if you go by what they've allowed to be put up all over town.

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