Statement regarding Council meeting about Shed 26
Mayor Claire Boan and Mark Withers, Chief Executive Officer of Port Adelaide Enfield met yesterday with representatives of the State Government, and Cedar Woods.
State Government was represented by Mark Devine, the Chief Executive Officer of Renewal SA, and Mark Pivovaroff, Project Director, attended on behalf of Cedar Woods, developer of the area known as Fletchers Slip, situated north of the Port River, which is to be transformed into a residential site for 500 homes.
Following a request by Council at its June 2019 meeting, they met to discuss the demolition of Shed 26, an industrial shed that has been earmarked for demolition as part of the development of the vacant land that surrounds it.
Mayor Claire Boan said the meeting was held to further explain concerns from some of the local community, and to see if all possible alternatives for the site had been exhausted for adaptive re-use of this iconic building.
“It was a full and frank discussion, and we talked about the real costs of the various different options for adaptive re-use of the existing structure that had been considered, including community use, housing, retail and commercial development of the area,” she said.
Over the past few months, Cedar Woods representatives have also met with members of the community, and outlined their alternative proposals, that included building apartments, a shopping centre, specialty shops and a retail hub within the existing framework.
The minimum cost to restore the frame of the shed to a minimum sound condition would cost $8 million to make it commercially viable for Cedar Wood, so public funding would be required, and a large area needed for public carparking for any commercial development.
“It is pretty clear from the developer’s perspective that unless public funds can be brought to the project it is unable to save Shed 26.
“The Council did the best we could to advocate for a different outcome and tried to truly express the community concern but unfortunately no alternative solution or change of position from any party could be achieved.”