Facelift for Kar­rinyup

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

CON­STRUC­TION of the $800 mil­lion Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ment is sched­uled to start next week.

The ma­jor re­vamp of the cen­tre will have it al­most dou­ble in size from nearly 59,000sq m to 109,000sq m and com­prise about 290 stores, an al­fresco din­ing precinct and 10-screen Hoyts cinema.

There will also be 134 res­i­den­tial apart­ments on the site, with a height in­crease to an apart­ment build­ing along Fran­cis Av­enue and Daven­port Street ap­proved by the Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel last month.

A large pi­azza, main street and ex­ter­nal open space in­clud­ing chil­dren’s play area and trees are other fea­tures of the de­vel­op­ment, along with 4500 park­ing spa­ces.

AMP Cap­i­tal global head of real es­tate Carmel Houri­gan said they aimed to cre­ate a land­mark desti­na­tion with high-qual­ity re­tail and life­style of­fer­ing that merged the “phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal world”.

“Our vi­sion is to cre­ate a place that’s uniquely Perth and ap­plies what we know about re­tail trends of the fu­ture and the ex­pec­ta­tions of our cus­tomers,” she said.

De­vel­op­ment ap­proval was granted in 2015 and builder Mul­ti­plex was ap­pointed in 2016.

Many stores have re­lo­cated in prepa­ra­tion for the works and the cen­tre will re­main open through­out con­struc­tion, which will take three years. The project is ex­pected to cre­ate 2500 con­struc­tion jobs and 2500 re­tail, sup­port and man­age­ment jobs.

A DE­VEL­OPER has gained ap­proval to add an ex­tra three storeys to a Kar­rinyup apart­ment com­plex de­spite over­whelm­ing ob­jec­tions by res­i­dents.

The seven-storey res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ing on Daven­port Street and Fran­cis Av­enue is part of AMP Cap­i­tal’s re­de­vel­op­ment of Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre.

It had ap­proval for a four-storey de­vel­op­ment but ap­plied in May to the Metro North-West De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel to in­crease the height by 5.6m to seven storeys and num­ber of apart­ments from 57 to 94.

Fran­cis Av­enue res­i­dent Al­lan Maus said res­i­dents’ needs were not lis­tened to and de­scribed the panel process as “pretty opaque”.

“I don’t like the seven storeys right up against street level,” he said.

“And I think park­ing is go­ing to be a big­ger prob­lem than they think.”

Fel­low res­i­dent Arnold Davies did not be­lieve the height fit­ted in with the sur­round­ing res­i­dences.

But a City of Stir­ling re­port said the height was com­pat­i­ble with the shop­ping cen­tre and pro­posed eight-storey res­i­den­tial build­ing along Bur­roughs Road.

It sup­ported the ap­pli­ca­tion de­spite 86 per cent of pub­lic sub­mis­sions ob­ject­ing to it.

Key is­sues were in­creased traf­fic and con­ges­tion, ex­ces­sive height of de­vel­op­ment and loss of pri­vacy to ad­join­ing homes.

The ap­pli­cant’s rea­son for the height in­crease was to screen the shops from the road.

It will also re­de­velop two in­ter­sec­tions along Kar­rinyup Road, at Fran­cis and Gwelup streets, de­spite the City dis­agree­ing with the plans.

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