19 February 2013

Woden 9 scales down

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The ABC has a lengthy report on development plans around Woden with the proposed mega towers being scratched and more parking on the table:

Land Development Agency (LDA) chief executive David Dawes says the two development applications for the land bordered by Melrose Drive, Furzer and Corinna streets, and Aviation House, have been withdrawn following community consultation.

“We’ve obviously listened to the Woden Valley Community Council’s concerns and obviously we would revisit any future proposals for that, and work with the council,” he said.

“We felt that it was important with all the other work that is going on in that precinct that we needed to address the car parking.”

A development application for a multi-storey carpark with a minimum 850 spaces near the Tradies Club will be put forward.

Mr Dawes says it includes the option of developing some commercial space and possibly up to 120 residential units.

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The minority of NIMBYs have won once again. If you can’t build a tall building in a town centre where can you build one?? And yes, goggles13, instead of increasing residential in the town centre to reduce the need for cars, they’re building a carpark… So much for supporting public transport!

common sense has prevailed, but it seems odd that the Govt would support a car parking lobby when they are trying to push for more use of public transport.

now to hurry up and redevelop/demolish the Alexander and Albemarle buildings – bloody horrible eyesores

850 spaces @ $10/day = a reasonable return for a minimal service structure.
If we say each space is occupied for 200 days a year, $1.7M is the return. Move the price up to $12/day, and you’re looking at $2.04M pa.

Depends on how you look at it. People obviously like living in these places. I think sometimes people get over sensitive to something that will have a minimum impact on their life and they probably should go travel to a poorer country and see what issues they have to deal with there. It seems in this town as soon as something tall gets proposed it is instantly a problem.

HiddenDragon11:27 am 19 Feb 13

This sounds like a welcome outbreak of common sense. Aside from taking some note of community concerns, perhaps a more realistic approach has been taken to assessing the likely demand for such dwellings – particularly with a change of federal government now looking somewhat more likely than not.

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