A controversial upgrade to the city’s Hutt St Centre has been approved by the City Council despite complaints from traders in the area that the development will increase anti-social behaviour in the area.
The $2.2 million development was approved by the Adelaide City Council’s Assessment Panel last night, The Advertiser reports.
Hutt St Centre provides meals and offers social work and support services for those experiencing homelessness.
Upgrades will include a new laundry, locker room, an outdoor kitchen and recreation spaces, although it will not impact the number of people that the centre is able to provide services for.
However, traders in the area have aired their concerns around the centre.
A presentation to the panel on behalf of seven parties opposed to the development argued that the centre’s clients was behind some of the anti-social behaviour in the area and that the centre did not suit Hutt St.
Those opposed were arguing for an independent review into the centre’s land use, claiming that it was operating outside of approvals.
Work is set to begin on the centre’s upgrades soon.