ACT FAST TO KEEP STALL­HOLD­ERS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

THE fi­nal piece of the Subiaco puz­zle is com­plete. A four-storey re­tail and of­fice devel­op­ment will re­place the Sta­tion Street Mar­kets, com­ple­ment­ing ap­proved plans for the Ace Cine­mas, Sed­don Street and Pav­il­ion Mar­kets sites. Now we can talk about what is to come for Subiaco, not what it will lose i.e. AFL at Subiaco oval. There will be a tough few years to come for busi­nesses and res­i­dents in the area as it is taken over by cranes and build­ing works, but at least con­struc­tion is set to hap­pen con­cur­rently. The news does come with sad­ness. The fate of our beloved Sta­tion Street Mar­kets was de­cided in the Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity board meet­ing last week. In some small way, there was still hope that the fresh pro­duce, food, cof­fee, clothes, ac­ces­sories and mas­sage would be around longer as de­vel­op­ers ne­go­ti­ated with the plan­ning pow­er­houses. The City of Subiaco now needs to get its skates on and launch an at­trac­tive al­ter­na­tive for the mar­kets so we don’t lose th­ese stall­hold­ers to an­other area.

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