Din­ing precinct for Bel­mont

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

THE own­ers of Bel­mont Fo­rum have wel­comed ap­proval from the City of Bel­mont for a $65 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment of the cen­tre, with works on a new “eat street” din­ing precinct set to start this week.

Per­ron Group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ross Robert­son said the din­ing precinct was the first stage of the project and would con­sist of six to eight din­ing op­tions along Bel­mont Av­enue.

The first stage is ex­pected to be com­pleted mid-2017 and Mr Robert­son said it would be the new so­cial and life­style des­ti­na­tion for the re­gion.

“Our fo­cus is to en­sure that Bel­mont Fo­rum con­tin­ues to evolve and meet the chang­ing needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and en­sure that Bel­mont Fo­rum re­mains the shop­ping and life­style des­ti­na­tion of choice,” he said.

“We are de­lighted that ap­proval has been granted for this sig­nif­i­cant $65 mil­lion mil­lion up­grade.

“Bel­mont Fo­rum has been a long term in­vest­ment for the Per­ron Group and th­ese up­grades sig­nify the im­por­tance of the re­tail as­set in the Per­ron port­fo­lio.”

Later this year works will start on the con­struc­tion of a new Coles su­per­mar­ket and fresh food precinct.

Coles state gen­eral man­ager Mark O’Connor said the new su­per­mar­ket would re­place the ex­ist­ing store and cre­ate more jobs lo­cally when it opens.

There will also be re­fur­bish­ments to the mall, in­clud­ing light­ing, ceil­ing treat­ments and col­umns.

The cen­tre’s ex­ter­nal fa­cade will be up­dated with mod­ern fea­tures.

Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks re­it­er­ated the coun­cil’s sup­port for the up­grade.

“The ‘eat street con­cept’ is a great idea for in­tro­duc­ing new life into Bel­mont Av­enue, which will fur­ther en­hance the amenity of the area,” Cr Marks said.

“It is es­pe­cially pleas­ing that par­tic­u­lar ef­fort has gone into cre­at­ing a clear pedes­trian con­nec­tion be­tween the Wright Street gar­den en­trance and the City’s new com­mu­nity build­ing within the Faulkner civic precinct.”

An artist’s im­pres­sion of part of the new ‘eat street’ precinct.

Con­struc­tion starts this week.

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