Stalled plans give mar­kets hope

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Your Favourite Things - By EMILY BAKER

A DEVEL­OP­MENT pro­posal to the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MRA) for a Coles and Tar­get shop­ping precinct at the Subiaco Sta­tion Street Mar­kets has been de­layed.

Com­mer­cial de­vel­oper Greg Pearce said one of the ten­ants mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant change to the di­men­sions on their build­ing plans caused the set­back.

He said it was a re­gret­table de­lay and the ten­ants at the mar­ket had been in­formed.

“I had two choices: let the ap­pli­ca­tion con­tinue and amend it down the track or seek a de­fer­ral and work through the changes,” Mr Pearce said.

“I’d rather not be here but it’s bet­ter to take the time now, work through the is­sues and re­sub­mit.”

Mr Pearce said ten­ants at the mar­kets could real­is­ti­cally con­tinue to trade un­til June 30 this year.

SAVE Subiaco Mar­ket’s Face­book page rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steph Liew said it was pos­i­tive news but also meant more un­cer­tainty for stall­hold­ers and pa­trons.

“The de­lay­ing tac­tics are just not fair on the com­mu­nity or the ven­dors,” she said.

“The over­whelm­ing re­sponse on Face­book to the news has all been pos­i­tive; peo­ple love the vibe and prices at the Subiaco mar­kets.

“We didn’t think we’d stay open for this long, so there is still a lit­tle bit of hope.”

Hun­dreds of peo­ple flooded the popular Face­book page with com­ments of sup­port last Fri­day, in­clud­ing Hamish Veitch, when ex­tended trad­ing was an­nounced.

“This is just fan­tas­tic news,” Mr Veitch wrote. “Thank you so much for shar­ing, and for ev­ery­one fight­ing to keep the mar­ket where it be­longs. I'll be in this week­end to cel­e­brate.”

Noëlle Udall also cel­e­brated the an­nounce­ment.

“It’s good news for us but I feel sorry for those who ceased trad­ing due to the un­cer­tainty,” he said.

Mr Pearce plans to sub­mit an amended pro­posal to the MRA in two months.

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