Albany CBD apartment block plan gets unanimous council backing

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The development site on the corner of Duke and Collie streets.
Camera IconThe development site on the corner of Duke and Collie streets. Credit: Sarah Makse/ Albany Advertiser

A plan for a four-storey apartment complex in the Albany CBD has been praised by councillors as a step in the right direction to activate the inner city.

Albany councillors unanimously approved an application for a mixed-used development on the corner of Duke and Collie streets, pictured above, behind the heritage-listed Albany Courthouse Complex.

It would consist of six two-bedroom units and an office spread across two separate four-storey and two-storey structures.

The buildings would be constructed around the local and State heritage-listed building known as the Sergeant’s Quarters.

The quarters form part of the historic Albany Courthouse Complex.

The developer had plans to possibly convert the Sergeant’s Quarters building into a restaurant at a later date, an officer’s report revealed.

Cr Robert Sutton said he hoped the private investment in the CBD would be a “stimulant for future developments”.

“I’d love to see heaps more of these in town, and we might even get less cars,” he said.

Cr Chris Thomson praised the application for showing a “way forward” which could drive demand for services in the centre of town.

“Housing diversity is something that we haven’t got a lot of in central Albany,” he said.

The approval is subject to 22 conditions, including that no street parking is lost and that the developer add street trees.

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