THE South Australian Government last week said it has received a strong response from developers and not-for-profit housing providers seeking to deliver affordable housing and mixed-use development on three government-owned sites in the Adelaide CBD.
The Market Sounding and EOI process was initiated by Renewal SA in January to find partner organisations to help it deliver affordable housing on the Playford site on the corner of Angas and Frome Streets; Manitoba site at Carrington Street; and Pope Court (Box Factory) site at Carrington Street.
"We asked the not-for-profit industry and developers to send us innovative and free-thinking ideas that would deliver a sustainable mix of market-priced rental and purchase dwellings and a component of higher need social housing," said Housing and Urban Development Minister Tom Koutsantonis.
Mr Koutsantonis said the sixteen submissions will now be evaluated by Renewal SA in line with the original objectives of addressing housing affordability and choice within the inner city.
"This is a clear indication that Government and industry are working well together in response to a changing South Australian Housing market," Mr Koutsantonis said.
Renewal SA Chief Executive Fred Hansen said the potential partnerships between Renewal SA, not-for-profits and developers are "an exciting way of delivering both increased housing and housing choice and recognising the needs and interests of the people who will live there."
"Renewal SA is working effectively with industry to address housing availability and affordability and to provide better access to employment services, shopping, education, dining, entertainment, the Park Lands and public transport," he said.
The government said the identified sites currently incorporate tenanted housing managed through Housing SA, which along with Renewal SA, will keep existing tenants and stakeholders informed through this process.
Preferred parties from the EOI process are expected to be shortlisted prior to mid-2013 and may be invited to prepare more detailed development proposals.