ABOUT 1300 homey townhouses, shops, cafes and an outdoor cinema are set to be built along the waterfront in the es including four-storhistoric heart of Port Adelaide.
A public promenade around the inner harbour waterfront, converting the old Marine and Harbors building into apartments and shops and the creation of an observation deck are among the other plans for the site being released today.
The State Government has selected two Australian developers and a South Australian construction company as preferred proponents for five parcels of land on the inner harbour.
The developments are planned to take up 23ha of the 40ha of land the Government put on the market in May last year.
Housing and Urban Development Minister Stephen Mullighan said Port Adelaide was a unique development opportunity combining vast parcels of waterfront land with 180 years of distinctive maritime history and heritage buildings.
“These projects provide plenty of open space and recreational facilities, as well as preserving public access to the waterfront as well. It will be a great place for families looking to live in the west,” he said.
Deputy Opposition leader Vickie Chapman said while she would like to see the Port redeveloped, the Government had already pushed a number of plans which had failed to materialise.
“I don’t want the people at the Port to be enthused just to be smashed,” she said.
“Unless there are extra schools and all the other services that people need in their local area it will just create apartment tombstones because no one will live there.”
The proposals include nearly 1300 homes built over four parcels including:
ABOUT 760 homes at Dock 1 and Port Approach in the east of the inner harbour, to be developed by Starfish Developments.
REDEVELOP the historic buildings at Fletcher’s Slip as well as 500 homes in the area.
UPGRADING the North West precincts in the west and north of the inner harbour, to be developed by Cedar Woods — the developer buying the land around Glenside.
When the 40ha of land was put on the market, the Government said it could generate up to $2 billion of investment.
This proposal has identified potential more than $1 billion in investment including about 2000 new homes, more than 350 construction jobs a year and up to 2000 ongoing jobs.
The maximum building height across all five precincts will be five storeys, with the exception of the existing seven-storey former Marine and Harbours building which will be retained.
Government land sale agency Renewal SA will work with the two residential developers and the local community to develop two master plans over the next six months, which will be presented to the Government for consideration.
Labor Member for Port Adelaide Susan Close said the private sector investment in Port Adelaide was a sign of the growing confidence in the renewal of the district.
“Combined with other developments including the State Government’s new office building to house 500 public servants, the construction of the Quest hotel and the $50 billion Future Submarines contract, the Port has a bright future,” she said.
Property Council of Australia executive director SA Daniel Gannon said the substantial development investment in Port Adelaide would mean more “hard hats and steel caps” for South Australians along with economic development and stimulus for our economy.
Starfish Developments managing director Damon Nagel said he hoped Dock One would become a new destination for people from across Adelaide as well as visitors from interstate and overseas.
“We’ve put a strong focus on planning new community facilities and infrastructure that can be enjoyed by residents and the broader community alike,” he said.
Cedar Woods development director Patrick Archer said Port Adelaide’s North West and Fletcher’s Slip precincts included more than 1km of river frontage.
“With the Glenside development and now Port Adelaide ahead of us, Cedar Woods has a very attractive mix of projects in SA and we will be ramping up our Adelaide office to deliver them,” he said.
York Group managing director Ian Tarbotton said the national company was proud to have maintained its headquarters in SA and to continue its investment in its home state.
“York Civil is delighted to be relocating its national head office to Port Adelaide, having had a long affinity with the Port dating back to the early beginnings of the company 26 years ago,” he said.
“York has a strong belief in the redevelopment of the Port and supports the Government’s plans to revitalise a once thriving commercial and social hub of the state.”
Developer: Starfish Developments (Stage 1)
— 3.58 ha
— 280 homes predominantly two and three-bedroom townhouses.
— Includes refurbishment of former Marine and Harbours building that will feature 36 homes, small offices and shops, a community garden and observation deck with an outdoor cinema.
Developer: Starfish Developments (Stage 2)
— 4.95ha site
— 480 homes including 20 per cent affordable housing.
— Dockside piazza for community events and central public park.
— 12.6 ha
— 500 homes, about two-thirds will be two to four storey townhouses and includes more than 15 per cent affordable housing.
— Includes a public promenade, park and plaza as well as the refurbishment and reuse of the heritage buildings in Fletcher’s Slip
— Fletcher’s Slip and buried slip retained with new shared path and interpretative trail
— Improvements to the existing boat slip at the north western corner of the wharf
Developer: York Civil
— 8000sq m building refurbishment of vacant former PIRSA building to commence this year.
— Project includes improving surrounds including new landscaping and car parking.
— Will also build a new five-storey building within four years which York Civil will use as its national headquarters for up to 500 people.