Brisbane families in need of affordable housing will benefit from a new $13 million apartment complex being built on government land at Lutwyche.
Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney today turned the first sod on the Spectrum Apartments project, made possible by the provision of 4,370 square metres of prime state-owned land on Lutwyche Road.
“Our Government is happy to see land owned by the people of Queensland, used by Queenslanders who really need it,” Mr Seeney said.
“The former government rarely provided these sorts of assets for public benefit, leaving not-for-profit and community groups struggling for resources to help clients in need.
“In contrast, we’ve taken land that had been left vacant for years by Labor and provided it to affordable housing provider BHC for the development of 60 new affordable and private apartments and retail spaces.
“This development will provide housing for those in need and delivers on our election promise to provide better infrastructure and grow the construction sector of our economy.”
Treasurer and Member for Clayfield Tim Nicholls said the Brisbane Housing Company’s development delivered on the Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services for Queensland families.
“The Government Land for Accommodation and Support Services program is making life easier for Queenslanders in need, with surplus land gifted back to those who require it most,” Mr Nicholls said.
“Left to rot under Labor, land parcels like this are now being used to deliver better services for the community.
“The Spectrum Apartments project will give a helping hand to the many Queensland families who’ll be able to call it home and forms another part of our government’s strong plan for a brighter future for Queenslanders.”
BHC Chief Executive Officer David Cant said the $13 million residential and retail development, being designed by architects Cottee Parker, was scheduled for completion in 2016.
“Spectrum Apartments will provide a path back to the inner-city for those who haven’t been able to keep up with Brisbane’s rising rents,” Mr Cant said.
“They’ll be able to live closer to their jobs, family, friends and community, while having enough money left over to contribute to the local economy.
“Spectrum Apartments will also provide much-needed affordable accommodation for people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis through a partnership with charity MS Queensland.
“MS Queensland will accommodate offices in the development in order to better service clients with Multiple Sclerosis on Brisbane’s north.”
Construction of Spectrum Apartments is scheduled to start early next year.
The gifting of this government land to BHC for the Spectrum Apartments project follows a 2,429 square metre site at Wooloowin being gifted to national charity Youngcare last year for the development of age-appropriate housing.
For more information about the Government Land for Accommodation and Support Services program visit www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/land-for-industry/government-land-for-accommodation-and-support-services.html