Bid­der to re­main anony­mous

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil has re­jected a for­mal of­fer by an undis­closed com­pany or per­son to buy the 52-bay Sta­tion Street car park in the town’s cen­tre.

“As we didn’t ac­cept the of­fer we won’t be re­leas­ing any de­tails of it, as we con­sider them ‘com­mer­cial in con­fi­dence’,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said.

At last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lors re­jected the of­fer on the four lots com­pris­ing the car park at the west end of the street.

In July last year, coun­cil­lors adopted a busi­ness plan for the sale of the car park, which is owned by the coun­cil, to help fund planned town cen­tre im­prove­ments and a train sta­tion toi­let.

At the time, staff re­ported any sale could reap “sig­nif­i­cantly” more than the $1.5 mil­lion needed to trig­ger a busi­ness plan.

How­ever, merg­ers that could have pre­vented the money be­ing spent in Cottes­loe col­lapsed ear­lier this year.

Mr Hum­frey said “sev­eral par­ties” had also ap­proached the coun­cil “in­for­mally” about the coun­cil re­de­vel­op­ing some town cen­tre sites.

Coun­cil­lors sub­se­quently agreed to con­tact all Sta­tion Street prop­erty own­ers about their sup­port for re­de­vel­op­ment in the street and to dis­cuss a bet­ter con­nec­tion be­tween the train sta­tion and shops with the Public Trans­port Au­thor­ity.

Sta­tion Street land­lord and devel­oper Alan McGil­livray has his of­fice di­rectly west of the car park but he said he did not make the of­fer or had heard “a wind or a whis­per” of who made it.

“No, I haven’t shown any in­ter­est in it, mainly be­cause of the zon­ing and use,” Mr McGil­livray said.

Cr Rob Row­ell said he would not sup­port a sale be­cause the land was bought by the coun­cil us­ing money from de­vel­op­ers and shop­keep­ers in lieu of their busi­nesses not be­ing able to have car bays.

“There are lots of places in Napoleon Street and other ar­eas of the town that have no car park­ing, and they wouldn’t have any if they de­velop these lots on Sta­tion Street,” he said.

A Coles spokes­woman, and a spokesman for Wool­worths, both said nei­ther su­per­mar­ket chain had made the of­fer.

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