Pull C.H. Smith building down: Sands

Alderman Ted Sands at the C. H. Smith site in Launceston.
Alderman Ted Sands at the C. H. Smith site in Launceston.

LAUNCESTON Alderman Ted Sands wants the buildings on the controversial C. H. Smith site removed from the Tasmanian Heritage Register so they can be demolished.

According to Alderman Sands, the C. .H. Smith buildings and street facade are ``beyond redemption''.

``In my view, the Tasmanian Heritage Council needs to understand and seriously consider the difficulties that would-be developers have encountered to date,'' Alderman Sands said.

``The buildings should be removed from the Tasmanian Heritage Register to enable the proponent to demolish and build a new building on the brownfield site.

``This course of action may cause despair amongst some, but after 24 years the derelict site will not be developed.''

Alderman Sands said the buildings were semi-derelict after years of neglect.

``To retain the facade of the building, any developer would naturally have serious concerns about the strength of the old lime mortar supporting the brickwork,'' Alderman Sands said.

``We, as a council, have an obligation to seek a solution to this sorry affair.''

Alderman Sands will move a motion at the council's Monday meeting for the council to delve into the site's development hold-ups, and meet with its owners, property investment group Brile, and the Tasmanian Heritage Council over the issues.

Brile announced in 2011 that it would build a $30 million three-storey retail complex on the site.

No physical development has progressed since a two-stage demotion in 2012.

The heritage-listed site has been subject to a number of failed proposals for more than two decades.

Tamanian Heritage Council chairman Dianne Snowden said any person could apply for a place to be removed from the Heritage Register.

``For a place to be removed it must no longer meet any of the criteria that support its inclusion in the Heritage Register,'' she said.

``The owner, local council and community are invited to make submissions or objections in respect of any proposed removal.''


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