.... Like the old Le Cornu site in North Adelaide, vacant for a quarter century and routinely earmarked for some major development or other that’s going to knock our proverbial socks off.
“Adelaide’s never seen anything like this,” the billboard proudly states without apparent irony at the gateway to the Makris empire’s equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle, an expanse of overgrown grass and graffiti, hemmed in by mismatched corrugated iron fencing.
Rumours were rife early this week that the entire enterprise was to be sold – or had been already – to an interstate developer, scuttlebutt made all the more curious when the company’s official response came back as “no comment”.
That was, until a furious Con Makris called my mobile from Athens later in the evening. He swore at me for a few minutes before hanging up, only to call back a few minutes later to explain that he wasn’t really swearing at me, he was just frustrated with the Adelaide naysayers.
But the project has clearly hit a financial snag: it was predicated on a glamorous suite of modern apartments, but now the Makris Group is seeking a third-party developer to build and sell the residential component of the plan instead.
Con insists he’ll still build the commercial precinct and will “never ever” sell the land. Oh, and he’s hoping to start construction work within 12 months.
Ok everyone: synchronise watches!
One can only hope 88 O’Connell Street manages to distinguish itself from the litany of other notorious lost Adelaide dreams: the city of Monarto, for instance, or the Multi-Function Polis.
But in a strange way, I’ll miss the old overgrown rundown square block that no-one’s allowed to enter.
Arriving in SA as a child just in time for the State Bank collapse, and spending a few of my formative years (not to mention the past six years of my professional life) in North Adelaide, that strange symbol of our fair city’s peculiar insanity is inextricably linked to my impression of my hometown.
It represents the big plans and modest returns.....
Brazer wrote:Yet another box our city is looking like a giant legoland
Brazer wrote:What could we possibly establish here...that is unique and would actually be a draw card for locals and visitors alike. I was thinking of something like a Legoland down under.
I hope the site is sold so that some development occurs sooner than later. Isn't there any legislation or penalty or whatever that the state government or ACC can invoke or enact to rid us of this eyesore? Vain hope!
monotonehell wrote:As a side note - we have the multi-function polis. It's called Mawson Lakes and is pretty much what they envisioned. Education, light industry and residential all in the same area.
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