Dining precinct for Belmont
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.