Andrew Barr has announced the long delayed development of Lawson is getting started after all that unpleasantness with the PCB’s left over by the Navy:
Set on 100 hectares, Lawson will have a mix of about 1850 low, medium and higher density dwellings, and include a small retail centre and community facilities.
Almost half of the suburb will be reserved as public open space including Reservoir Hill, Lake Ginninderra foreshore and the College Creek corridor. And, the historic Old Travelling Stock Route, which ran through the site, will be maintained as a distinct path through the use of landscaping, footpaths and interpretive signs.
Lawson is centrally located, being within 2.5km of the Belconnen Town Centre, 7km to Civic and with the University of Canberra, Bruce CIT, Calvary Hospital, Canberra Stadium, the AIS and Lake Ginninderra all close by.
Work will start on the first stage of the development this month, with the initial lots expected to go on sale at the end of this year, and it is anticipated that construction of homes will commence by the end of 2014.
The first lots to be sold will include 124 single residential blocks and 12 multi-unit sites, for the development of up to 560 dwellings.
As with most land in the ACT there are contaminants that need to be remediated. There is asbestos associated with the reservoirs that were previously located on the top of Reservoir Hill and also the pipes which ran from the reservoir. There was also the illegal dumping of building waste which probably occurred during the construction of surrounding suburbs.
The site is also home to around 120 eastern grey kangaroos. They are being monitored by the Environment and Sustainability Directorate and their grazing area and travel paths are being retained.