The state government is keen to partner with a community housing provider to turn the yet-to-be-demolished Stirling Towers site into a build-to-let development in Perth city centre.

It comes more than three months after PerthNow revealed the dilapidated state of the former Homeswest unit complex and its reputation as a horror bringing down the suburb of Highgate.

The two 12- and three-storey Smith Street towers, built in 1970 and completely gutted in 2014, would be replaced by affordable, market-priced social rental apartments.

Camera iconThe derelict Homeswest building in Highgate. Credit: Perth Urbex Highs/Youtube/Perth Urbex Highs/Youtube

One of several state-owned sites in Perth, The West Australian exclusively revealed on Friday that the state government is keen to expand its social housing stock.

Housing Minister John Carey said he was focused on finding innovative solutions that reformed the way housing was provided.

“Redevelopment of the Stirling Towers site using a build-to-let model is one way we are doing this,” he said.

“I know the community wants to see this site revamped and I am committed to doing everything I can to make that happen.

The Stirling Towers rise above nearby homes and businesses.
Camera iconThe Stirling Towers rise above nearby homes and businesses. Credit: Jake Dietsch/PerthNow

“Stirling Towers is a great example of the challenges we face in terms of social housing in WA, with a significant number of aging assets no longer fit for purpose.

“The McGowan government is tackling the housing challenge by investing $2.1 billion this Parliament to expand and improve our state’s public housing stock. This will include the delivery of approximately 3,300 new homes.

An invitation to express interest in developing the Stirling Towers site will be posted via Tenders WA in March.