Store up­grade on the cards

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

BUN­NINGS Su­bi­aco is hop­ing to re­visit con­tro­ver­sial re­de­vel­op­ment plans “the sooner the bet­ter”, says Home Base gen­eral man­ager Gino Premici.

Mr Premici said Bun­nings’ re­newed in­ter­est in build­ing a “state-of-the-art con­cept store” was largely driven by in­creased res­i­den­tial at the neigh­bour­ing Roy­d­house Street apart­ments.

“We hope that re­cent de­vel­op­ment projects in Su­bi­aco will rein­vig­o­rate the thought process sur­round­ing a re­de­vel­op­ment of Bun­nings,” he said.

“The orig­i­nal con­cept in 2012 was a three-storey Bun­nings with un­der­ground park­ing and a gar­den sec­tion on the roof.

“They have to stick to the cur­rent foot­print, so go­ing up was the only op­tion.

“It would be great for the cen­tre, great for the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Premici said it might take a “fair while” to kick-start the project again in terms of plan­ning and con­sul­ta­tion.

“We spent about two years plan­ning it last time,” he said.

“But who knows, we might not have to go through that much con­sid­er­ing a lot of ground work has al­ready been done. The sooner the bet­ter, re­ally.”

City of Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the City leased 55 Salvado Road to Home Base as part of its prop­erty in­vest­ment port­fo­lio.

“The pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of Bun­nings in 2012 was a con­cept only, not a for­mal de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion,” Mr Bur­nett said.

“The City (also) had dis­cus­sions with Home­base about its lease agree­ment at this time.”

Mr Bur­nett said the City would con­sider any de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the site on its mer­its.

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