A six-storey, 79-unit mixed commercial and residential development is planned for one of Kingston foreshore's prime waterfront spots.
Canberra developer Keggins Homes has applied for an exemption from having to do an environmental impact statement. The block is identified on the register of contaminated sites and asbestos has been found in soil testing, including in the footprint of a former rowing club building on site. The rowing club is being demolished.
Part of the site was part of the former boat harbour, which was reclaimed. The rest of the site was used for stockpiling during redevelopment.
Keggins bought the waterfront block at the foreshore's peninsula precinct at an auction in June last year. It paid $21.65 million for the 3697 square-metre site, the most expensive sale of land in the lakeside region.
Seventy-nine apartments are planned including two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments or townhouses. Sixteen penthouse apartments are also proposed.
Keggins Homes managing director Jin Wang said at the time his organisation wanted to build a structure Canberrans would be proud of at the north-facing waterfront location.
There are plans for private rooftop terraces, balconies, a central communal plaza at ground level, two levels of basement car parking and ground floor courtyards.
Sixteen "penthouse apartments" are planned - 10 on the fourth floor, five on the fifth floor, and a two-storey apartment across both floors.
According to a planning application now open for public comment, the carpark will provide parking for 216 cars,146 of which are for residents.
The response at the first community consultation was mixed, according to a report lodged by the developers.
Conservator liaison Helen McKeown said the proposed development was close to the refuge area in Jerrabomberra Wetlands for the Latham snipe. Ms McKeown said "light spill" from the complex must be kept to a minimum and not encroach onto the refugee area.
She said there appeared to be large use of reflective neutral glazing, which could cause light spill at night and glare spots during the day that could affect the refuge area.
Submissions close on the development application on November 24.