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Plans for another Braddon apartment block

An artist impression sourced from the development application for the redevelopment of 43 and 45 Torrens Street, Braddon.

An artist impression sourced from the development application for the redevelopment of 43 and 45 Torrens Street, Braddon.

Plans for a $9 million apartment block in Braddon have been lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority as development begins to ramp up on nearby Lonsdale Street.

The development application submitted by PKT Group Pty Ltd outlined the redevelopment of 43 and 45 Torrens Street, involving the demolition of existing buildings and construction of a five storey mixed use space.

If approved, the development would include 48 residential units across four floors. This would consist of 30 one bedroom apartments, five “one bedroom adaptable” apartments, 12 two bedroom apartments, and a single three bedroom and study apartment.

The ground floor would also accommodate 764 metre square of non-retail commercial space, while basement parking would provide space for 90 cars.

PKT Group Pty Ltd had previously gained approval for a slightly larger six storey development on the site in May 2010, but director Zdravko Tokic said these were altered after the introduction of the change of use charge.

If approved, he said the development would require up to four months of pre sales before launching into approximately 14 months of construction.

Developers hosted a meeting with the North Canberra Community Council in February, where issues such as height and amenity were discussed.

The minutes from the meeting stated the plans were “well received” overall, but council president Leon Arundel said the general approval came after a variety of issues were raised regarding overshadowing and image.

“We did have some concerns about it,” he said.

Meanwhile, demolition has begun on Lonsdale Street to make way for a residential and commercial development labelled Alluvion on Lonsdale.

B&T Construction director Nick Bulum said the mixed use project would take 18 months to complete, at which point work would begin on the Palko development the opposite side of the street.

8 comments so far

  • Whats with all these one bedroom apartments - dont people house share anymore? And then they complain about never being able to afford to buy

    Commenter
    asdf
    Date and time
    March 20, 2013, 11:35AM
    • The architectural design is boxy and boring (surely we can do better?) -- but at least it's only 4 storeys, which shows that high-rise is not necessary. Although I wouldn't live in such a place (being among the majority who would favour a larger townhouse-type option with private green space), the artist's impression suggests that this building as being set within the landscape rather than (as is the case with so many others) dominating it.

      Commenter
      Karina
      Location
      Belconnen
      Date and time
      March 20, 2013, 12:15PM
      • Yay! More overpriced apartments to come onto a market full of overpriced apartments. This just gets better!

        Commenter
        Wing Nut
        Date and time
        March 20, 2013, 12:41PM
        • The rest of Civic should be more like Braddon...
          As we know Canberra is a young city but they refusing to knock down those ugly Melborne/Sydney buildings they have nothing going for them just abandon shops and chipped paint... That bus area should have a more modern look like the M3 office spaces in Braddon - nice wide open streets, cute cafes, boutique shops.

          Commenter
          Ren-ay
          Date and time
          March 20, 2013, 12:52PM
          • Awesome, I hope they keep overbuilding the Canberra apartment market.

            Considering there are 2000 rentals aveailable and growing, its only going to drive down rents further and prices too...

            Commenter
            Stavros
            Date and time
            March 20, 2013, 12:53PM
            • So its looking more of a reality of getting 3 units under $500k in three years time when, there is an abundance of units with no takers............., so pile it on, from Wanniassa, Crace, Franklin, Gungahlin, Woden, Tuggers, Erindale, Civic, Jamison to Braddon, just keep piling it on. Where Sydney has got it wrong, Canberra has got it so " correct".

              Commenter
              Mertonian
              Location
              Canberra
              Date and time
              March 20, 2013, 1:41PM
              • Could be worse, Could be better. Densification around the city is good and its good to see its not a looming crate. Better in Braddon than bang smack in the middle of nowhere.

                Commenter
                Nirwanda
                Location
                O'Connor
                Date and time
                March 20, 2013, 8:58PM
                • Braddon is popular now, at least in part because the old buildings give it character. The artists impression of the new development looks to me like something that could be plonked in Belconnen, Woden , gungahlin etc. .i can't see that this is consistent with the Braddon's current unique character.

                  Commenter
                  TP
                  Location
                  Canberra
                  Date and time
                  March 20, 2013, 10:13PM

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