Project to attract residents

Council approved a 12-storey development to include 68 apartments and a cafe-bar for Aberdeen Street last week.

Ms Scaffidi said multi-storey developments like 89 Aberdeen had not been common in recent years.

The L-shaped site is located between Lake and William streets.

‘It is an attractive design which uses an irregular-shaped site in a creative way,’ Ms Scaffidi said. ‘It is beneficial for Northbridge to have a diverse residential mix as well as being an evening entertainment precinct.

‘More residents will also benefit the Northbridge economy.’

She said the plan was consistent with the pattern of development in inner-city entertainment precincts elsewhere in the country and overseas.

Applicant Baltinas Architecture said in a report to council that the proposal promoted vibrant urban living.

However, there was some concern from a nearby property owner about anti-social behaviour, noise and compromised privacy.

A written submission from the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (Big N) and The Deen Hotel also highlighted potential noise issues.

Ms Scaffidi confirmed nearby entertainment venues were worried there might be conflict with residents over noise.

But she said council had been impressed by the applicant’s willingness to work with the City to address issues.

‘Particularly in providing a very high level of noise-attenuation construction materials,’ she said.

‘The proponent also reduced the original proposed height of the building by removing one level.’