Com­ing to­gether

Out with the old: the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity ap­proved a con­tro­ver­sial Sta­tion Street Mar­kets devel­op­ment (be­low) last Wed­nes­day.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CANDLER

SUBIACO'S sky­line will be scat­tered with cranes over the next few years, with the lat­est ma­jor devel­op­ment at Sta­tion Street Mar­kets due to begin con­struc­tion this year.

The $96 mil­lion Coles-Tar­get shop­ping precinct joins the long list of ap­proved projects in­clud­ing Ace Cine­mas' ho­tel and re­tail re­de­vel­op­ment, a 16-storey apart­ment block at Pav­il­ion Mar­kets (left), a pi­azza and mixed-use of­fices on Sed­don Street (top). With this new piece of the puz­zle in place, the big­ger pic­ture of Subiaco's fu­ture is com­ing into fo­cus.

SUBIACO’S popular Sta­tion Street Mar­kets will close this year to make way for a Coles-Tar­get shop­ping precinct.

The Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee (MRA) last week ap­proved the $96 mil­lion devel­op­ment with some mi­nor con­di­tions.

The four-storey devel­op­ment is ex­pected to be com­pleted in spring 2017 and will in­clude a Coles, Tar­get, two lev­els of base­ment park­ing, re­tail and of­fice space.

De­vel­oper Greg Pearce said he would give stall­hold­ers a def­i­nite clo­sure date within the next fort­night.

“We are hop­ing to start con­struc­tion as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“There is still a lot of pre­lim­i­nary plan­ning to be done. How­ever, it is very likely the mar­kets could close be­fore July.

“We un­der­stand there is con­tro­versy over the clo­sure of the mar­kets and the coun­cil’s po­si­tion that does not sup­port the project.

“How­ever, I think the public has come to terms with it. We worked very closely with the MRA to get this re­sult.”

Mr Pearce said there was “no doubt” that Coles on Barker Road would close once the devel­op­ment was com­pleted.

Sta­tion Street Mar­kets, which at­tracts about 20,000 vis­i­tors ev­ery week­end, be­came the only per­ma­nent mar­ket in Subiaco when the Pav­il­ion Mar­kets shut down in 2007.

Since the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly broke the news of the pro­posed devel­op­ment in Au­gust last year, Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the City of Subiaco had con­sid­ered “a num­ber of op­tions” to re­lo­cate the mar­kets.

“Coun­cil did look at city-owned prop­er­ties (in­clud­ing Forrest Street carpark and the for­mer Wem­b­ley Tafe on Salvado Road). How­ever, th­ese were not deemed suit­able for mar­ket ac­tiv­i­ties, thus re­lo­cat­ing the Sta­tion Street Mar­kets in Subiaco was not pos­si­ble,” Mrs Hen­der­son said.

“While we will be sad to say good­bye to th­ese mar­kets, it is my un­der­stand­ing that the Mar­kets on Rokeby pro­posal could ac­com­mo­date a num­ber of the cur­rent stall­hold­ers.”

Mr Pearce said he told the City they needed to de­velop their own mar­kets in 2008.

“Coun­cil has the legal and the fi­nan­cial power to do it; they have the land, they have the money,” the de­vel- oper said.

“Per­ma­nent mar­kets with cool rooms and in­fra­struc­ture are the so­lu­tion for dis­placed stall­hold­ers, not tem­po­rary mar­kets at the train sta­tion or on Rokeby Road.”

Venn Prop­erty Group co-direc­tor Evan Bri­ers said his plans to close Rokeby Road for a week­end street mar­ket would have pro­ceeded ir­re­spec­tive of whether the Coles-Tar­get devel­op­ment was ap­proved.

“The po­ten­tial ex­ists to store in­fra­struc­ture in un­der-utilised space at the rear of Rokeby Road shops to sup­port re­tail­ing from stalls on Rokeby Road,” Mr Bri­ers said.

Subiaco Land Re­de­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee mem­ber and Subiaco coun­cil­lor Mark Burns said the re­tail bal­ance be­tween old and new Subiaco would “un­de­ni­ably shift” once the Coles-Tar­get re­tail hub opened.

“How­ever, old Subi main­tains a mo­nop­oly on char­ac­ter, con­ve­nience and a cos­mopoli­tan fu­ture en­vi­ron­ment,” Cr Burns said.

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