Sale deal seals cen­tre re­vamp

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

GPA, the own­ers of The Boule­vard shop­ping cen­tre, and the Town of Cam­bridge have reached an agree­ment on a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of the cen­tre.

The Town will sell part of the car parks on the east and west sides of the Gay­ton Road shop­ping cen­tre to GPA for $919,000 ex­clud­ing GST for the sale of the land and ter­mi­nate the car park li­cence.

Coun­cil ap­proved the ex­pan­sion plans at a meet­ing ear­lier this year.

Mayor Si­mon Withers said the re­de­vel­op­ment of the shop­ping cen­tre stalled for sev­eral years.

“The com­mu­nity has wanted this for many years and they will not be dis­ap­pointed by the new cen­tre,” he said.

“There has been a lot of com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tion. I’m glad it’s fi­nally go­ing ahead.”

Mr Withers said he an­tic­i­pated the ex­pan­sion would be com­pleted by March or April next year.

GPA Pty Ltd spokesman Ge­orge Atzemis said the com­pany would start work im­me­di­ately on ren­o­vat­ing and re­fur­bish­ing the shop­ping cen­tre

“In May 2014, a fire ex­ten­sively dam­aged the Boule­vard Shop­ping Cen­tre, re­sult­ing in the sad loss of key ten­ants such as the chemist, IGA, beau­ti­cian and newsagent,” Mr Atzemis said. “While this was a sig­nif­i­cant set­back for the ten­ants, own­ers and cus­tomers, it did present an... op­por­tu­nity to im­ple­ment a long-held am­bi­tion of GPA to re­fur­bish and ren­o­vate this his­toric shop­ping cen­tre, which was orig­i­nally used as the games vil­lage mess hall for the 1962 Em­pire Games.

“GPA is de­lighted that we can now com­mence with this re­fur­bish­ment work that will re­sult in a much im­proved shop­ping fa­cil­ity for the long-term ben­e­fit for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The su­per­mar­ket will more than dou­ble in size and is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar to Herds­man Fresh.

From left, Peter Atzemis (GPA), Jason Buck­ley (Cam­bridge CEO), Mayor Si­mon Withers and Ge­orge Atzemis (GPA).

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