Plans for Currong flats site amended after community consultation

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The developers of the former Currong and Allawah flats site in Braddon have submitted revised, scaled-back plans for the land after their first development application was withdrawn.

The fresh application will bring an abundance of life into the city. SHL Developments proposed 329 apartments, 2625 square metres of commercial space and 757 square metres for community functions, including the construction of an 80-place childcare centre.

Resident groups, individuals and the National Trust criticised the perceived lack of consultation, lack of heritage preservation or green energy information in the original proposal.

As a result, the new application said SHL Developments’ parent company JWLand opted to amend plans “to engage in further community consultation regarding the proposed design in order to ensure that the development proposal delivers the best possible outcome for the future residents and users of the site.”

The development of the new proposal included a 2.3 metre path along Currong Street, as well as a “central landscaped plaza” that would connect the road with Cooyong Street for pedestrians and cyclists.

The designers would attempt to mimic elements of the surrounding suburban through colours and materials.

The Currong public housing which has now been demolished. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

“The concept for S52 South draws inspiration from the large American Elm at the Currong Street end which provides a unique opportunity to align contemporary building and urban design concepts with a well-established, significant component of the living landscape,” the application said.

“The proposal will bring a fresh new urban presence to Cooyong Street with a design transitioning to the surrounding residential area of Braddon.”

You can have your say about the development application on the ACT government’s planning website.