September 3, 2012
Stop the DPA is the website of a group of residents in the South West corner of the CBD who are opposed to high rise development in this area.The SW corner, which consists of old worker’s cottages and welfare housing – has been singled out in the DPA’s aim to raise the city’s population to 48,000.
Gary Sauer-Thompson, South West Adelaide
The opposition is to high residential development in the form of the Mayfield development at 43-69 Sturt St, which consists of three blocks of 10, 12 and 14 storeys that include 400 flats, shops and offices. Currently the site consists of run down warehouses, a car park for spray-painted hire vans, and an old electrical substation. There is nothing there that is 'heritage' or aesthetically appealing.
This is a mixed use part of the CBD-- a CBD is synonomous with high-rise buildings and apartment blocks--and it is changing albeit slowly. The light industry is moving out being replaced by residents (in cottages and townhouses) and offices. The opposition is to high density living Their argument is that high-rise buildings - will destroy the character and sense of community in the area, even though a large section is saved from high rise development.
The new Development Plan for Adelaide is premised on tall buildings bringing more people, more people bringing more businesses, more businesses bringing more activity, more activity bringing more vibrancy.