New build­ing de­sign se­cures start date

Stirling Times - - NEWS - Com­mu­ni­tynews .com.au Laura Pond

WORK is set to start on a mixed use de­vel­op­ment in Stir­ling af­ter sev­eral years of set­backs and de­lays.

For­merly Stir­ling Rise, a four-storey apart­ment and of­fice com­plex at the cor­ner of Cedric and San­der­ling streets, the build­ing has been reimag­ined as La Luna Stir­ling.

Ap­proval was granted in 2014 but ex­tended un­til July this year be­cause of de­lays from caveats with the City of Stir­ling and an owner of the ad­ja­cent shop­ping cen­tre.

The de­vel­op­ment suf­fered an­other set­back when ap­pointed builder Choice Liv­ing Homes WA went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in Jan­uary, but the failed com­pany has now been re­placed by Palazzo Homes.

De­vel­oper Green­haven Prop­erty Group sought a re­design of the $11.6 mil­lion com­plex, which was ap­proved by the Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel last month.

It com­prises 32 apart­ments, 14 com­mer­cial ten­an­cies and 102 car park­ing bays.

MJA Stu­dio ar­chi­tect Stephen Corns said it im­proved on the pre­vi­ous de­sign through in­creased nat­u­ral light, land­scap­ing, ad­di­tional pedes­trian ramps, im­proved pas­sive sur­veil­lance and ac­ti­va­tion, and of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal small and medium busi­nesses, in­clud­ing a cafe.

He said the num­ber of apart­ments had been re­duced from 41 to 32 and they boasted a “sim­ple, clean, modern aes­thetic”.

CF Town Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment direc­tor Carlo Fami­ano pre­sented against the pro­posal at the panel meet­ing on be­half of an owner within the shop­ping cen­tre.

Ob­jec­tions in­cluded “ad­verse im­pacts” on the streetscape and neigh­bour­ing homes, as well as con­cerns with park­ing, de­sign and plot ra­tio.

“It re­sults in the de­vel­op­ment be­ing out of char­ac­ter with the neigh­bour­ing area and shop­ping cen­tre,” he said.

“This de­vel­op­ment does not fit in with the cur­rent built form and does not fit in with the fu­ture built form.”

Site works are ex­pected to start within a few weeks.

This de­vel­op­ment does not fit in with the cur­rent built form and does not fit in with the fu­ture built form.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the de­vel­op­ment.

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