The former site of public housing between Northbourne Avenue and Dooring Street in Dickson is to be redeveloped into more than 400 apartments in a multi-building project up to nine storeys high, according to a development application from the Art Group.
In 2016, the ACT Government sold the 500 metre-long Northbourne East Precinct site between Morphett and Dooring Streets for $40 million to the Art Group, which renamed it Soho.
The Art Group has plans to redevelop the site into five precincts and has lodged a DA for the first stage at the southern end.
The proposed $93 million development includes six buildings, connected at basement and mezzanine levels, that comprise 409, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, of which 42 are adaptable units.
Three of the buildings are nine storeys, one seven, and two seven and eight storeys, with basement and mezzanine parking of 644 spaces, including 582 residential, 42 accessible parking spaces, 62 visitor and 24 motorcycle spaces.
Building heights along Northbourne Avenue will be up to 25 metres.
Each building will have a mix of one, two and three bedroom units, each with a terrace or balcony for private open space. The DA lists 78 one-bedroom units, 294 two-bedroom units, and 18 one and two storey terrace apartments facing Northbourne Avenue at the ground level and first floor.
Roof top gardens are planned for tenants to use above the three buildings adjacent to Dooring Street, including a pool garden for the building furthest to the south, an edible garden for the central building along the eastern side of the block and a Zen garden for the northern building along the eastern boundary.
Two pedestrian thoroughfares are planned through the site linking Northbourne Avenue and Dooring Street.
The total Soho Precinct fronts the eastern alignment of Northbourne Avenue south of Morphett Street for about 500 metres. In the northern area, it backs on to single dwelling houses in the RZ4 Medium Density Residential Zone, while in the south it backs on to Dooring Street.
An analysis for the DA identifies ‘minimal’ traffic impacts as a result of the development of precincts one and five, although it does see a loss of performance for Dooring Street which will take most of the load.
The proposed development is part of the Government’s urban renewal vision for Northbourne Avenue, driven by the light rail project.
It is subject to both the Territory Plan and the National Capital Plan.
To view the DA go here.