Lathlain Park’s caretaker cottage to be demolished by end of February


The caretaker’s cottage on the corner of Lathlain Park is set to go by the end of next month.
The caretaker’s cottage on the corner of Lathlain Park is set to go by the end of next month.

THE cottage on the corner of Lathlain Park is set to go by the end of February.

Town of Victoria Park approved the demolition of the building, known as the caretaker’s cottage, during a council meeting in August as it ticked off on concept plans for zone 2 and 2X of the Lathlain Park Redevelopment Project, but the house still remains.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the Town engaged a contractor late last year to carry out the demolition.

“The terms of the contract state that works will be completed by the end of February 2018,” he said.

“The contractor is managing all aspects of the demolition work and have undertaken to communicate with the adjoining residents and properties.

“Once begun, works are expected to take around two weeks.”

Mr Vaughan said the demolition included the removal of internal fences and bitumen hardstand, the removal of the McCartney Crescent ablutions building as well as the cottage and garage.

The cottage is estimated to have been built in the 1920s and although it is not heritage-listed, many community members have called for it to remain.

Leading up to the council’s decision, several members of the public asked it to retain the cottage.

Hodge Collard Preston Architects was hired before the council made it decision to demolish it to produce concept plans for proposed alterations to the site.

The report said the building did not lend itself to adaptive reuse in its current form and needed signification renovation, with the cost of options between $360,000 and $415,000.

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