PAV­IL­ION TAKES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CANDLER

DE­MO­LI­TION and con­struc­tion works on a 16-storey devel­op­ment at the old Subiaco Pav­il­ion Mar­ket could begin as soon as the sec­ond half of this year, its de­vel­op­ers say.

The Metro West Joint Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel (JDAP) ap­proved the con­tro­ver­sial build­ing ap­pli­ca­tion 4- 1 at a meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

Roberts Day man­ag­ing direc­tor Deon White said the ap­proval gave its team the cer­tainty and se­cu­rity to turn their at­ten­tion to the next stage of devel­op­ment.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that now there are no more hur­dles to jump, we can fi­nally get started,” Mr White said.

“We haven’t talked about spe­cific dates, but I think there is a good six or nine months work in get­ting the thing ready and putting it out to mar­ket and get­ting the nec­es­sary pre-sales.

“By and large, peo­ple are just ex­cited about some­thing fi­nally hap­pen­ing on the site.”

Last July, Plan­ning Min­is­ter John Day over­rode the City of Subiaco’s plan­ning laws to ap­prove a plan­ning scheme amend­ment al­low­ing up to 16 storeys on the site bor­dered by Roberts and Rokeby roads and Catherine and Sed­don streets.

The $ 120 mil­lion project will in­clude a 16- storey tower of 232 apart­ments, 94 short-stay units and ground-level com­mer­cial de­velop- ment with public ar­cades, restau­rants and bars.

D2 Prop­erty project manager Ian Day said the de­ci­sion ended a fouryear long jour­ney of in­tense com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and plan­ning.

“We are keen to begin con­struc­tion as soon as prac­ti­ca­ble and will ad­vise key dates,” Mr Day said.

“It is likely that mar­ket­ing of the project will com­mence in June 2015.”

Con­tro­versy and dis­con­tent has sur­rounded the once-renowned mar­ket site since it was closed and left derelict in 2007.

Neigh­bour­ing Catherine Street res­i­dent Ines Janca raised con­cerns over struc­tural dam­age to nearby prop­er­ties with her­itage value at the JDAP meet­ing.

West­ern Sub­urbs Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ge­off Par­nell said it was “ex­tremely ex­cit­ing” that its de­vel­op­ers could fi­nally “get on with it”.

“Al­ready, the fact that this project is go­ing ahead has cre­ated an enor­mous amount of con­fi­dence for the fu­ture in the north end of Rokeby Road, with many pre­vi­ously empty shops be­ing leased,” Mr Par­nell said.

Main pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson d423273

Roberts Day’s Deon White and Ian Day. Be­low: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new devel­op­ment.

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