Land­mark set for a trans­for­ma­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By CAITLIN TILLER

CLARE­MONT land­mark the Goods Shed is set for a facelift, af­ter Land­Corp re­vealed plans last month to trans­form it into an art gallery, café and event space by mid next year.

The 128-year-old build­ing, orig­i­nally used to load and dis­trib­ute goods on the Perth to Fre­man­tle line, is part of the her­itage-listed Clare­mont Rail­way Sta­tion.

State Gov­ern­ment devel­oper Land­Corp and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion Form will be­gin re­de­vel­op­ment of the his­toric Goods Shed later this year.

Land­Corp Metropoli­tan gen­eral man­ager Luke Will­cock said Land­Corp was ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Public Trans­port Au­thor­ity to buy the Goods Shed last month.

“Works are an­tic­i­pated to com­mence late this year and the fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be open in the first half of 2016,” Mr Will­cock said.

“De­tailed de­sign and plan­ning still needs to take place with Form and then the Town of Clare­mont ap­proval re­ceived be­fore fi­nal costs can be de­ter­mined.”

Mr Will­cock said park­ing would be de­ter­mined dur­ing de­tailed de­sign and plan­ning and would be sub­ject to Town of Clare­mont ap­proval.

Deputy Mayor Bruce Haynes said park­ing in the Goods Shed area was suf­fi­cient but park­ing in gen­eral was an on­go­ing is­sue for the Town.

“There are 70 bays (in the Goods Shed area) there, so I don’t see it as a prob­lem for pa­tron­age,” Coun­cil­lor Haynes said. Coun­cil­lors had only seen a con­cept brief­ing, he said.

Land­Corp chief ex­ec­u­tive Frank Marra and FORM di­rec­tor Lynda Dor­ring­ton at the Goods Shed.

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