Subiaco Council has supported a development application for the former Pavilion Markets site which will see a ground floor renewal of the popular shopping quarter with a mix of retail, food, beverage and entertainment offerings, plus the addition of 240 new residential apartments.
Under the proposal by Blackburne Property Group, the disused buildings on the corner site at Roberts and Rokeby roads will be demolished. They will be replaced by a 24-storey mixed-use development precinct comprising basement parking, restaurants, shops, offices, and multiple residential dwellings.
It is expected that the combination of new residential and commercial spaces will bring additional vitality to the area, attracting local residents, workers and visitors alike.
Mayor Penny Taylor said that it was the good design and community benefits that led to council’s support of the proposal.
“There were some concerns about height, and council has heard those. However, given the very high quality design, set back from the street and ground floor activation, we felt like it was an application that we could support.
“This is an exciting decision for Subiaco. Our community has wanted something to happen on this site and council has endorsed the proposal,” she said.
Prior to making its recommendation, council took into consideration the significant public comment received about the site. The proposal was advertised for a period of 28 days from 16 November to 14 December 2018. A total of 530 submissions were received comprising of 457 in support (86.23%), 57 objections (10.75%) and 16 providing comments (3.02%). In addition, the city also received two petitions, one for and one opposing the development. The submissions were analysed and the results provided in a report to council.
The Metro West Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) will make a determination on the development at its meeting next Friday 22 February.
If approved, demolition and construction work is expected to start this year.