Un­cer­tainty for sell­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER See Opin­ion page 12

SU­BI­ACO Sta­tion Street Mar­ket stall­hold­ers are “in limbo” be­cause con­sid­er­a­tion of $80 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment plans have been post­poned un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Com­mer­cial de­vel­oper Greg Pearce ex­clu­sively told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly last Wed­nes­day that he agreed with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MRA) to de­fer its De­cem­ber 17 meet­ing and con­sider the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion in mid-Fe­bru­ary.

The pro­posed joint project be­tween Mr Pearce and owner Seafo­cus Hold­ings will in­clude a Coles, Tar­get, spe­cialty stores and of­fice space.

Mar­ket stall­hold­ers were told last week that they could now trade to the end of Fe­bru­ary.

TR & TR Fruit and Veg owner Diep Tran said it was in­cred­i­bly stress­ful trad­ing “month to month” with­out know­ing when the mar­kets would close.

“First we were go­ing to close be­fore Christ­mas, then it was ex­tended to De­cem­ber 31, then the end of Jan­uary and now it could be March,” Ms Tran said.

“I can feel the blade hang­ing above my head.

“We do not know if we can go for­ward or back. We are in limbo. This is just a de­fer­ral; we need to know a def­i­nite date. Oth­er­wise, the un­cer­tainty is just be­ing dragged out.”

Tubs Gourmet Gelato, Icey Ice, La Galette de France and a cloth­ing shop have al­ready left the mar­kets.

Mr Pearce said he had re­solved a “ma­jor is­sue” of traf­fic con­ges­tion after lodg­ing fi­nal traf­fic re­ports with the MRA yes­ter­day.

He said the traf­fic is­sues did not con­cern State Gov­ern­ment black spot fund­ing for a round­about at the Hood and Sta­tion streets in­ter­sec­tion, as it was al­ready part of the de­sign.

“The ef­fect of what has hap­pened is that while we have been fo­cus­ing all our time and en­ergy on that is­sue, we have not had time to ad­dress the other is­sues like de­sign and shape of the build­ing,” Mr Pearce said.

“We will take the pe­riod be­tween then and now to re­ally de­fine the de­sign is­sues that need to be ad­dressed.

“In­stead of rush­ing it just be­cause we have to, it is much bet­ter to step back and work on those re­main­ing is­sues and move to­wards achiev­ing some real de­sign ex­cel­lence. I can con­firm the meet­ing will not be ex­tended beyond Fe­bru­ary.”

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said it was “won­der­ful” that the stall­hold­ers were able to trade through the sum­mer months.

Sta­tion Street Mar­kets in Su­bi­aco will con­tinue trad­ing un­til at least the end of Fe­bru­ary.

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