Plans lodged for residential development to help turn Phillip into the ‘Braddon of the south’

Ian Bushnell 20 January 2021 16
Phillip development

An artist’s impression of what will be the first residential development in the Phillip business and light industrial area. Image: Cox Architecture.

Plans for a milestone mixed-use development in the Phillip business area have been welcomed by the Woden Valley Community Council which hopes it will reinvigorate an area that has been struggling in recent years.

Peter Micalos’s Intellectual Property Group has lodged a development application for a four-storey plus attic building on an island site on Botany Street and Divine Court that will include 38 residential units and eight ground floor commercial tenancies.

In its pre-DA consultation with the proponent, the council said that it appreciated the project would be a leading development hopefully replicated in other projects.

Pitched as helping to turn Phillip into the ‘Braddon of the south’, the $7.6 million project, designed by Cox Architecture, represents an important milestone for Phillip as the first urban renewal project in the precinct since the ACT Government finalised its Master Plan for the area, according to IPG.

Block 1 Section 42 sits amid a range of businesses including car yards on both sides and a laundromat, cafe and cake shop. Nearby is the old Magnet Mart hardware site, which is now a restaurant, and the rear of shops next door. Across the road are car servicing and repair shops.

The DA says that the new building will be a benchmark development that sets the standard for revitalising this area.

”The Phillip precinct will benefit from this new building as it brings a contribution to the amenity and character of adjacent public spaces,” it says.

The existing two-storey building will be demolished to make way for the development that will include eight one-bedroom and two bathroom units; one one-bedroom plus study and two bathroom unit; 13 one-bedroom plus study and two bathroom units; three two-bedroom and two-bathroom units; and one three-bedroom and two-bathroom unit.

They will range in size from 27 square metres to 68 square metres.

The proponent says that there is no allocation to affordable or social housing because it is a small, bespoke development, but five units are accessible for people with disabilities.

Levels one to three have winter gardens or glassed areas to capture the sun, while at the attic level there will be surrounding rooftop gardens.

The building’s energy efficiency rating will average 6.5 to 7 stars, with split-system ducted air conditioning.

IPG is planning for a mix of businesses to occupy the commercial units including a restaurant, small grocer, pub, medical service, sales and professional services.

Two levels of basement parking containing 56 spaces, including four for people with a disability, serviced by a car hoist, are planned, as well as five commercial spaces in ground-floor garages.

The proponent says substantial offsite parking for more than 100 vehicles is also available nearby.

Bicycle storage will be available in cages for each unit, the available garages, and private balconies.

Trees will be located around the building to maximise shade and soften the building’s impact.

The plans show a ground floor awning to protect pedestrians, and a shared zone is planned at the front of the building, including a covered outdoor dining area.

Inside the building will be a residential lobby, concierge and lift.

Mr Micalos, former Geocon executive, spent 15 years in the property industry before founding his own boutique development business.


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16 Responses to Plans lodged for residential development to help turn Phillip into the ‘Braddon of the south’
Karen Baldwin Karen Baldwin 11:33 am 17 Jan 21

One bedroom and two bathrooms? And from 27sqm? That's not even a shoebox sized apartment.

    Ness Dix Ness Dix 9:22 pm 17 Jan 21

    Karen Baldwin I agree way 2 small, I thought a 50m2 apartment was tiny!!!

Tom Adam Tom Adam 9:35 pm 16 Jan 21

Bahaha “offsite 100 parking spaces are available”.

Rubbish, they’re all full of vehicles being serviced or public servants parking before 7:30am and walking to Woden to avoid paying for parking.

We’ve called time and time again for multi-storey parking to be added to Divine, Grenville and Prospect courts (south of Hindmarsh) to accommodate the ever increasing use of the precinct for all day parking - and car yard usage.

I feel sorry for anyone buying an apartment there if the DA for the old Home Hardware goes through as a new McDonalds - for the view and the smell, and the rubbish from the guests.

Hey, we’re always keen to see future development - just with a plan. Which seems to be lacking.

Robert Knight Robert Knight 9:23 pm 16 Jan 21

Tom Adam, seen this?

    Tom Adam Tom Adam 9:28 pm 16 Jan 21

    Robert, yeh I have heard about it.

    I’m thinking about the awesome views to the north of McDonalds

    Martin Miller Martin Miller 11:21 am 17 Jan 21

    Tom Adam KFC you mean!

    Robert Knight Robert Knight 12:11 pm 17 Jan 21

    Martin Miller I think Tom is referring to the McDonalds planned as part of the new development.

    Martin Miller Martin Miller 12:17 pm 17 Jan 21

    Robert Knight or the Magnet mart site is going to be a McDonalds is it?

Benjamin Herrenschmidt Benjamin Herrenschmidt 7:26 pm 16 Jan 21

Did I read correctly ? 27 to 68 square metres ? This is insane...

    Adam Rolls Adam Rolls 9:19 pm 16 Jan 21

    Benjamin Herrenschmidt I can’t see how you can fit a appartment into something that small 27 square meters is 1/10th the size of a tennis court. Absurd!

    Benjamin Herrenschmidt Benjamin Herrenschmidt 9:20 pm 16 Jan 21

    Adam Rolls apparently it's the new "designed for investors" craze

    Adam Rolls Adam Rolls 9:25 pm 16 Jan 21

    Benjamin Herrenschmidt I feel sorry for who ever ends up living in it. Be it owner or renter. May aswell slap a number on the broom closet and call it an appartment too.

    Rick Reeks Rick Reeks 9:25 pm 16 Jan 21

    Benjamin Herrenschmidt it works if you sleep standing up but you have to have cash because lenders won't lend against that size unit. Ridiculous.

Grant Ridley Grant Ridley 7:03 pm 16 Jan 21

I’ve seen the DA, the Government want small business out of Phillip, the rate rises indicate that. Can you imagine if you were #5 in the queue waiting for the “hoist” to get you out or into the carpark. Then there will be noise complaints etc. block is too small of a foot print. Better off at the old home hardware site, Grease Monkeys is a truck on wheels, the building is not being used.

Glenn Beaumaris Glenn Beaumaris 6:28 pm 16 Jan 21

Braddon doesn't have any car yards anymore. Where will the car yards in Phillip go if it is to turn into a replica of Braddon now?

MERC600 MERC600 1:09 pm 16 Jan 21

Interesting it’s going to have a pub ( tavern ?). There used to be a slew of them once in Phillip ( 5 ? ) , but when the Henry Grattan closed , there weren’t any left.
I reckon it may trade well.

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