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$100m CBD project still in limbo

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What's happening with Melanka? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Melanka: 8 storeys done deal, but still questions

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The topic most people at this morning's Melanka hearing wanted to talk about wasn't on the agenda of the Development Consent Authority: The eight storeys. But quite a few other points were raised by about 20 "submittors". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Sick tree Melanka concern

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Arborist Geoff Miers has been asked to report on a sacred tree on the Melanka site.

 

Melanka building would obscure unequalled backdrop

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The Committee of Heritage Alice Springs Inc. has deep concerns about the proposed development of an eight-storey building at the former Melanka Lodge site.

 

The Big One that could end the gloom

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If it comes off it will be nothing like the town has seen since the hospital was built in the mid-1970s: a $100m project, eight storeys high, 170 dwellings, an 85 room hotel, professional office space, restaurants, cafes – even a 110 place child care centre – all that adjacent to the CBD, on the empty Melanka site, now a painful symbol of the town's economic malaise. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 

 

Building height vs economy debate in secret, so far

p2151-Melanka-2Building height limits have long been a hotly debated issue in Alice, and so is the now desperate need for major projects to crank up our economy. Open debate? Don't hold your breath. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Will the old Melanka site get an eight storey building?

8 storeys, 600 car parks, builder with Alice roots: Melanka

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Eight storeys high, 600 car parks partly underground and built by a Darwin firm that has its roots in Alice Springs: That's the new Melanka site story, according to reliable sources. It is proposed to be built in tandem with the supreme court building (pictured), a Sitzler project, in Parsons Street, at the former site of the Commonwealth Bank. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Tenders closed for complex on Melanka site

 

Tenders have closed for building a five storey apartment and business complex on the old Melanka site, reviving a project which the  Planning Minister at the time, Gerry McCarthy, announced in February, 2010 as a "$60 million mixed residential and tourist development". ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Melanka project not quite hot to trot

 

Cold water was poured on the idea that construction would go ahead on the Melanka site as soon as mid-year in the Town Council meeting last night.

The Centralian Advocate ran a front-age story on March 6, quoting  real estate agent Doug Fraser, that the plans have been down-sized and the owners hope to start selling "off the plan" in June with building to begin soon afterwards.

Greg Buxton, council's Director of Technical Services, in response to an enquiry from Alderman Eli Melky, said if the plans have been changed by more than 10% the developers may be required to make new submissions to the Development Consent Authority (DCA).

Mr Fraser, the manager of L J Hooker, says: "The owners have had discussions with the Town Planning Authority and have received a positive response.

"Obviously the project needs to be approved by the DCA with council having their input. We would hope that council would not unduly delay the project." KIERAN FINNANE reports. PICTURED: A drawing of the complex as it was planned originally.

Melanka block on the market again

The site of the former Melanka hostel in Todd Street is on the market
again, for an asking price of $7.5m plus GST, this time complete with
an exceptional development permit for a five storey "tourist and
residential complex".

The land was bought in 2006 for $6.12m. The hostel was still in place but has been demolished since.

The land's unimproved capital value in July, 2009 was $4.5m.

The raising of the height limit from three storeys to five was opposed by some sections of the community.

L J Hooker's Doug Fraser says the fresh advertising of the property
has only just started, and although there have been a couple of
enquiries, it's likely to take some time for a sale to be achieved.

Mr Fraser said in June that
the developer, Christian Ainsworth, a member of the poker machines
dynasty, had commissioned Deloittes to assist in the development and
that "the building costs will need to come down".

The total area is 1.3 hectares and "architectural plans will be passing with the sale," says the promotion.

The agency says this is a "prime corner allotment with three street
frontages and adjoining parcel at rear ... and numerous fully
established trees on site".

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