Housing Authority commercial operations general manager Gary Shaw said the Authority had boarded up windows and fenced off the Highgate building while they undertook preliminary investigations for its future redevelopment.
“To deter anti-social behaviour, the Housing Authority has increased security, which includes the installation of temporary timber panel fencing,” Mr Shaw said. “The local community has been advised of this and feedback to the Housing Authority indicates it has been well received.
“The site fencing and the boards on the windows are expected to remain until the building is demolished.”
Two buildings are located at the Smith Street site, including a 1960s era 11-storey tower and a smaller complex at the rear.
Mr Shaw said the Authority had worked closely with the tenants of the tower to find them alternative accommodation.
“Only two apartments in the tower building remain occupied and the Housing Authority is continuing to work with these tenants to find accommodation,” he said.
“It is expected the tower building will be fully vacant shortly.
“Twelve households will remain at the smaller, rear complex bordering Stirling Street while redevelopment plans for a contemporary residential complex on the entire site are progressed with the City of Vincent.”
Vincent chief executive Len Kosova said the City had not received a development application for the site, but the Department of Housing had presented concept plans for the redevelopment at the City’s design advisory committee meeting on January 21.