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