No Christmas cheer offered
Keep Markets in Subi
SUBIACO Station Street Market’s developer says he cannot offer stallholders any false hope that the market will stay open for its busiest period over Christmas.
Developer Greg Pearce said he met with City of Subiaco chief executive Stephen Tindale last week to discuss whether the market redevelopment could be postponed until 2015.
Mr Pearce said he could not confirm a definite closure date until the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) determined its planning application.
“There is an outside chance it could close in November or December, but we are in the hands of the MRA in terms of timing,” he said.
“Under the terms of the conditional leases we have with Coles and Target, if the application was approved we would close and commence construction as soon as possible.”
Mr Tindale said it was disappointing that the Station Street Market owners could not guarantee staying open over Christmas.
“It would allow the stallholders to make the most of the festive trade and wind up their businesses in a more reasonable manner,” he said.
At a council meeting last month, Subiaco councillor Stephanie Stroud said the owners’ short notice was a “heartless decision” and showed “absolutely no sensitivity to the livelihood of its stallholders”.
Public comment and submissions on the proposed four-storey market development application close on September 20. Mr Tindale said councillors would consider a staff report on the development application at its September 23 meeting.