SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD From: The Advertiser November 08, 2010 12:01AM
THE $130 million redevelopment of Woodville West's Housing Trust enclave is one step closer now that the State Government has called for tenders for the opening stage.
Construction of 45 homes, as part of two, four-level apartment buildings close to the railway station and a new linear park, will begin in the new year.
Housing Minister Jennifer Rankine said yesterday the selected tender process marked a significant step in the Woodville West Urban Renewal Project.
"These apartments will have a six-star environmental rating, use local products and suppliers and they will be age-friendly in design," she said.
"This will be the start of changing the face of Woodville West, where there will be a significant reduction in the concentration of public housing in the area."
The whole project will take about seven years.
140 Housing Trust homes and about 40 private houses and will be bulldozed to complete to whole project, which was expected to take seven years.
"The project will create a new neighbourhood of innovative medium and higher density residential redevelopment and provide inner suburban living for a diverse range of households including public and affordable housing options," Ms Rankine said.
She said a second tender would be issued early next year for the construction of another 24 homes including townhouses, cottage villas and studios to complete the opening stage.