New lease on life for va­cant build­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

A “PROM­I­NENT” Clare­mont build­ing that was va­cant for four years will get a new ten­ant in the com­ing months.

At a coun­cil meet­ing last week, the Town of Clare­mont ap­proved a change of use ap­pli­ca­tion, al­low­ing real es­tate agent Vivien Yap to op­er­ate an LJ Hooker of­fice at the premises on the cor­ner of Bay View Ter­race and Stir­ling High­way.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Browne said the build­ing was an en­try state­ment and he was happy to sup­port the change of use from a res­tau­rant to an of­fice.

“I’d hate to think of peo­ple com­ing to Clare­mont and trans­lat­ing the empty build­ing to other parts of the area,” Cr Browne said.

Ms Yap plans to trans­form the space with a ren­o­va­tion by award-win­ning de­signer Mor­ris Sel­vatico.

“It’s not go­ing to be a typ­i­cal of­fice,” she said.

“It will be a re­ally re­laxed space but very high-end.

“It will be the most vi­brant real es­tate agency in the area and it will bring peo­ple to Bay View Ter­race.”

The ren­o­va­tion will be fin­ished in six to eight weeks.

Cr Karen Wood said she was ap­palled at the “damn cheek” of coun­cil mem­bers who con­sid­ered re­ject­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion. “I have looked at that empty build­ing and felt sorry about it for too long,” Cr Wood said.

“We need more feet on our streets.”

Vivien Yap with her son Ethan (10) out­side the new LJ Hooker Clare­mont space.

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