Mar­kets’ future mer­its an in­no­va­tive ap­proach

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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,

Floreat.

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