New city hub planned


Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

A CON­CEPT plan for de­vel­op­ment in the Joon­dalup city cen­tre pro­poses a mix of ac­com­mo­da­tion, res­i­den­tial apart­ments and com­mer­cial of­fices.

Joon­dalup coun­cil­lors at last month’s meet­ing en­dorsed the con­cept plan for Boas Place, to be de­vel­oped across 90 Boas Av­enue and 70 David­son Ter­race.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment has un­der­taken sev­eral changes since the City was not deemed the pre­ferred ten­derer to de­velop an of­fice build­ing to house State Gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. In Fe­bru­ary last year, the coun­cil voted to re­view the con­cept plan and de­velop a new strat­egy with project part­ners Devwest.

The new plan pro­poses a ho­tel, stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion, a com­mer­cial of­fice build­ing, aged care and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing units to be co-lo­cated with child­care and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and res­i­den­tial apart­ments.

Last Novem­ber, the City’s ma­jor projects com­mit­tee re­quested a fur­ther re­view of the con­cept plan to ad­dress con­cerns with ac­cess ways and the im­pact of a build­ing on the Joon­dalup Li­brary, which has since been done by ar­chi­tects Woods Bagot.

At the March 21 meet­ing, coun­cil­lors also re­ceived a project sta­tus re­port.

The coun­cil doc­u­ment said Devwest’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with po­ten­tial ho­tel op­er­a­tors were con­tin­u­ing but ECU had in­di­cated it did not re­quire ad­di­tional stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion at this time and if it did, it would likely build the ac­com­mo­da­tion on ECU-owned land.

It also said the City sub­mit­ted a pro­posal to an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est for 4000sq m of ac­com­mo­da­tion in Joon­dalup and is wait­ing for feed­back.

De­sign guide­lines in­clud­ing land­scap­ing are cur­rently be­ing fi­nalised be­fore a lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy can be pre­pared to en­force these guide­lines.

The City’s mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Devwest ex­pires on Septem­ber 10. How­ever, the coun­cil in De­cem­ber au­tho­rised to start ne­go­ti­a­tions for a new MOU, which is ex­pected to start now the plan has been en­dorsed.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the City was “com­ing very close to land­ing on some clear di­rec­tion of how a very valu­able piece of 13,000sq m land in the heart of the city cen­tre will be trans­formed to cre­ate a new civic, cul­tural, eco­nomic and res­i­den­tial hub”.

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