New Downer development to bring more choice for all Canberrans

We are excited to announce that we have lodged a development application to redevelop the Downer Primary School site. Our plan is to not only build a range of housing solutions that are needed in the community but also to revitalise the local shops.

The project will see 37 townhouses, 123 apartments, a number of dwellings for independent senior living and 10 specialist disability apartments built. The overall aim is to provide relevant, functional and attainable homes for Canberrans, as well as a precinct that will complement the Inner North landscape. We are pleased to offer a product mix that provides options for members of the community that are often overlooked by the housing market, such as those living with a disability and seniors who wish to live self-sufficiently.

We work closely with all sectors of the community to understand what type of housing stock is needed, and we quickly identified that independent living units were under-represented sector. This development will provide apartments close to the city for young professionals, townhouses for downsizers and young families and purpose-built dwellings to promote independent seniors living.

As a community developer, our focus is on providing affordable and attainable residences for rent. We do this by undertaking a range of projects, some of which are sold to enable CHC to independently and sustainably increase our rental portfolio.

We are truly invested in the local community and want to create a space that new and current residents will enjoy, We’ve worked hard to ensure that the new precinct is well integrated with the existing suburb. We have included a number of entry points and laneways and the masterplan has been designed with the intention of complimenting the surrounding area. Working alongside the local community, we will create a new and vibrant precinct in North Canberra, while preserving and honouring an important part of the suburb’s history.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Downer Community Association for their ongoing support and commitment to working with us during the community consultation process for this project.

For more information on the Downer development visit: www.chcaustralia.com.au/project/downer

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Downer site slated for transformative redevelopment

Downer site slated for transformative redevelopment

The high-profile site of the former Downer Primary School is slated to be transformed by CHC following the submission of a development application for an integrated mix of apartments, townhouses and independent seniors living.

The inner north block, which has had several failed attempts at redevelopment over the past 20 years, will be developed to include 37 townhouses, 123 apartments and 120 dwellings for seniors.

The 32,000sqm site will also include a shared open space designed to promote active and healthy living.

The urban renewal project aims to address the diverse needs of people living in Canberra’s Inner North and to assist in the rejuvenation of both the Downer shops, which have undergone recent upgrades, and the suburb at large.

Kim Sinclair, CEO of CHC, says the company is excited to be progressing the project.

Sinclair says CHC’s focus is on “providing affordable and attainable residences for rent. We do this by undertaking a range of projects, some of which are sold to enable CHC to independently and sustainably increase our rental portfolio”.

“This development achieves exactly that, providing apartments close to the city for young professionals, townhouses for downsizers and young families, and purpose-built dwellings to promote independent seniors living,” she says.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure that the new precinct is well integrated with the existing suburb. We have included a number of entry points and laneways and the masterplan has been designed with the intention of complementing the surrounding area.”

CHC undertook a thorough and successful community consultation process, which was conducted to ensure the development strikes a balance between meeting the requirements of home buyers, enhancing the current lifestyle and streetscape enjoyed by the Downer community, and ensuring the development is financially viable for the non-for-profit housing company.

Downer Community Association’s (DCA) Miles Boak says the consultation process has been “exemplary”, explaining that DCA has been “engaged with the design for the past two years, and the company have really listened, compromised, and made many amendments”.

Boak says DCA pushed for a greater balance of townhouses to apartments, accessible community spaces, assisted seniors living accommodation, and a strong integration between the development and the Downer shops.

As to next steps, Sinclair says “once we’ve gone through the standard application process, once builders and contractors are negotiated they will confirm price lists, then go to a Downer pre-release for existing residents”.

For more information, visit chcaustralia.com. au/project/downer

*This article was published in the Canberra Weekly (edition 06/04/17) and was written by Denholm Samaras.

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