Bentley: Brownlie Towers residents told home will be demolished

Brownlie Towers.
Brownlie Towers.

RESIDENTS of Brownlie Towers in Bentley were notified by letter drop today of the decision to demolish their place of residence.

The development project now known as ‘Bentley 360’ will replace Brownlie Towers and create 1500 homes.

The project value is an estimated $750 million, according to Department of Communities assistant director general commercial operations Greg Cash.

Tenants were previously notified that they would need to relocate regardless of the outcome of discussions about the towers’ future through face-to-face meetings with Housing Services officers and an information sheet distributed in July 2017, he said.

Today, the Department of Communities confirmed there were 21 tenanted units in Brownlie Towers, five of which had been allocated to new homes.

“The Department of Communities expects to go to tender seeking a qualified and experienced demolition contractor in the next three months,” Mr Cash said

Under the approved Local Structure Plan, the Bentley urban renewal project is broken into three precincts with heights of one-to-three storeys, two-to-five storeys and four-to-ten storeys, designed to integrate with the surrounding community.

“The project has now been given the name Bentley 360 to reflect the holistic, all-round approach the State Government is taking to ensure the project will have a positive impact and influence on the wider Bentley community, economy and environment,” he said.

“In consultation with the City of Canning, the Department of Communities is preparing to implement a place activation strategy on the Bentley 360 site.

“Stage one will see the removal of fences along the northern portion of the site, and the installation of pathways, fitness trails and children’s play areas.

“The department has recently finalised the concept with construction works anticipated to commence later this year.”

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