Brisbane is set to join a growing list of cities to introduce a social housing development based on the principles of the internationally acclaimed Common Ground model.
Founded in New York, Common Ground continues to prove successful in providing low-income residents and previously homeless people with affordable accommodation and in-house support services.
It is proposed that the Brisbane Common Ground complex be located in South Brisbane on an 1800sqm site fronting Hope Street and Fleet Lane, with access to public transport and CBD amenities.
Funded in part by the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, it will feature 146 adaptable apartments over 14 levels, support services from MICAH, and future options for commercial retail spaces.
The proposed development has been designed in collaboration with Grocon Consortium to meet a minimum six star BERS Energy Efficiency Rating. In addition, residents' access to open space is a key priority with private balconies and a community garden part of the plan.
Demolition works are now complete, with construction scheduled to commence in October 2010. The building is anticipated to be completed by June 2012.