DEMOLITION of Brownlie Towers’ car park and shops in Bentley is set to begin this month to help prevent potential anti-social activity.
The Housing Authority is also investigating development options for the towers.
Authority general manager commercial operations Nigel Hindmarsh said there were a number of redevelopment options for the towers being investigated.
“Brownlie Towers is located centrally within the Bentley Regeneration Project and is currently one of the project’s key focal points.
“Its future is currently under review, with a number of redevelopment options being investigated by the Housing Authority to ensure delivery of a leading-edge sustainable development in line with the wider Project’s vision.”
City of Canning Mason ward councillor Jesse Jacobs said as long as the towers remained any meaningful development of the 26ha project site was stymied.
Cr Jacobs said despite the towers being an aged facility with “significant plumbing and electrical issues” it appeared the buildings would not be demolished in the near to mid-future.
“They really are just an anchor. Their demolition would not only be for benefit of the Bentley Regeneration Project, it would be good for the residents. They are living in a substandard facility,” Cr Jacobs said.Mr Hindmarsh said the shops and upper car park deck at the towers would be being demolished to address deteriorating structural integrity and to prevent potential anti-social activities occurring around the vacant shops.
“It is anticipated works will take approximately three weeks to complete, with the car park due to reopen to residents and their visitors in July.
Mr Hindmarsh said while the car park works were underway, residents could use a car park at the entrance of the towers as well as parking bays available behind the vacant shops.
The second stage of demolition of the vacant shops at the site would commence in July.
The cost for demolition works, including the relocation of a transformer, was approximately $485,000, he said.
He said the site would be retained for future development within the wider Bentley regeneration area.