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Apartment complex approved for Edith Cowan’s West Perth heritage site

April 13, 2018

A $17 MILLION plan to turn the heritage-listed former West Perth home of Edith Cowan into an apartment tower has been approved.

City of Perth’s local development assessment panel voted unanimously to support a 13-storey, 22-apartment complex at 31 Malcolm Street.

A previous plan for the development had proposed to demolish the 130-year-old Edith Cowan house but a public backlash prompted the State Government to intervene and put the building on the heritage register.
Under Ferguson Architects’ revised plan, only the rear portion and existing gallery buildings will be demolished.

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Some nearby residents are opposed to the apartment tower because they believe it could obstruct their views.
The building is outside the area’s height restrictions but is supported by the Heritage Council of WA and the City of Perth’s advisory committee.
Town planner Daniel Lees, of TPG + Place Match, said the building’s slender design meant it would have less impact on views than a traditional building. “A more slender, taller tower has a positive of not significantly impacting views,” he said.

City of Perth architect Craig Smith said a lot of buildings in the area exceeded the height limit, highlighting a “long history of erosion of that policy”.

Mr Smith said it was important that the rich history of the site was not lost in the new development.
Mrs Cowan, the first woman elected to an Australian parliament, built the house with her husband James in 1883.
The couple lived there on and off between 1883 and 1919.
It is understood the pro-perty is owned by the Cardaci family, who run the Centurion transport company.

Originally published by: perthnow.com.au

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