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First glimpse of 19-storey tower planned for Crown & Anchor Site

A first look of the proposed student-housing development at Adelaide’s iconic Crown & Anchor site has been unveiled, and the public will soon be able to have its say.

A first look of the proposed student-housing development at Adelaide’s iconic ‘Cranker’ site has been unveiled, and the public will soon be able to have its say.

The development, spearheaded by Singapore-based developer Wee Hur Holdings, has ignited a fierce debate over the preservation of heritage, the Crown & Anchor’s cultural significance and Adelaide’s live music scene in general.

The first released images depict a 19-storey tower soaring over the historic site designated for student accomodation, situated between Frome and Union streets, which is zoned for up to 15-storeys.

Wee Hur Holdings, in collaboration with Adelaide developer Gerry Karidis and Karidis Corporation, submitted an application in March this year for the “partial demolition and adaptive reuse” of the site.

While the released images suggest a commitment to conserving and restoring the heritage facade to its original 1920s splendor, the specifics of the interior renovations remain undisclosed, leaving the future of the pub’s operations uncertain.

The Crown & Anchor, steeped in history and listed as a heritage site, cannot be razed to make way for new developments, yet the proposed adaptive reuse has cast a shadow of doubt over its continued existence as a well-known pub and live music destination.

The development proposal continues to spark widespread backlash from Adelaide locals, with initiatives like “Save the Cranker” gathering momentum and support. A Change.org petition advocating for the preservation of the Crown & Anchor has now gotten almost 20,000 signatures.

Last week the Adelaide City Council passed a motion expressing support for venues like the Crown & Anchor, emphasising the importance of preserving Adelaide’s rich musical heritage.

Celebrating the motion being passed

The uncertainty surrounding the Crown & Anchor’s future comes at a time when the pub received prestigious recognition, being officially inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame for its longstanding dedication to promoting original live music.

Wee Hur Holdings is also known for its involvement in prominent CBD developments such as the UniLodge high-rise on Gray Street and the Y Suites on Waymouth Street.

You can have your say on the development on Plan SA through the public consultation period which opens from TODAY Friday April 19th until Friday May 10th.

Head here for more information on Plan SA.

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