Markets’ future merits an innovative approach
THERE are issues with the reported rationale and comments regarding the redevelopment of the Station Street Markets. I understand that the owner of the property wishes to optimise their return of investment in the property.
However, I believe they could have come up with a different proposal.
Firstly, I wish to point out that the markets are an iconic institution in the Perth metropolitan area and therefore have a “heritage” value. Planning, taxation and related issues should be reconsidered accordingly.
Secondly, I do not have an exact figure, but likely 90 per cent of the shoppers and visitors come because it is the Subiaco Station Street Markets and not just because you can shop there. For example, if I want to go to Coles I may chose the Floreat Forum or in the case of Target go to Innaloo.
Regarding market redevelopment, at Station Street or elswhere, I suggest that instead of run-of-themill shop development, create a covered market with above it offices and then above that apartments.
Examples of successful markets are the Central Adelaide Market, the Mercado Central in Valencia, El Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid or the Mercado Boqueria in Barcelona.
These markets are also open in the evening. Some of the stalls maybe open early but are closed in the evening. Others open late such as tapas bars and other food outlets to cater for people coming from work on their way home.
Please consider an innovative approach. Humphrey Boogaerdt,