New lease on life for vacant building
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.