Public comment sought on Canning City Centre project

Cecil Avenue as it is now.
Cecil Avenue as it is now.

THE CANNING city council opted for the higher spec option for the first stage of it’s prized Canning City Centre Project.

Concept plans for Cecil Avenue-Stage One are now out for public comment.

They will return to councillors in May for a final sign off.

Two cost options were available in the plan with about a $5 million difference over the life span of the project to 2027.

There was the possibility of providing a lower cost road to help compensate for some of the cost difference from providing high specifications in other aspects of the project.

The entire City Centre Project is expected to deliver a vibrant urban centre with potentially 10,000 dwellings, up to 25,000 residents, $5 billion in output and 15,000 jobs.

An artist’s impression of what Cecil Avenue would look like after the upgrade.

The Cecil Avenue stretch is considered a key first stage to create a tree-lined ‘urban spine’ for the new city centre that is pedestrian and public transit oriented.

The first stage affects Cecil Avenue between Albany Highway and Pattie Street.

It involves the acquiring of some land to build a fresh streetscape.

Bus stops would be moved to the midblock with pedestrian access, making it possible to continue a line of street trees on the footpaths.

By adding paving, tarmac areas would be reduced and there is allowance for light rail provision should it occur in the future.

It will create a boulevard effect and integrate Carousel Shopping Centre’s frontage with an activated high street.

So-called ‘smart city’ inclusions are proposed including smart poles offering wifi and other features.

In its FAQ sheet for the community the city said – subject to council’s final approval in May – initial service relocation works were scheduled to start at the end of the that month until August.

The main works will run February 2019 until the end of next year.

The break in work from August to February is to allow for the opening of the new Carousel extension and to limit disruption over the Christmas trade period.

Much of the wider Canning City Centre project will be delivered over a 10-year period with completion expected around 2028.

Visit www.yoursaycanning.com.au to view the project and provide online feedback, or attend a community information session at The Rocks Community Church, 26 Cecil Avenue in Cannington on Thursday, April 12 from 3pm to 8pm.

The comment period closes April 27.

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