Stalled plans give markets hope
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.