THE owners of one of Cockburn’s biggest shopping centres have resisted being sucked into any hype surrounding the Armadale Road flyover bridge and have kept plans for a $300 million expansion close to their chests.
In a statement released by the City of Cockburn before the March State election, Perron Group chief executive Ross Robertson made it clear that Cockburn Gateway Shopping City’s fourth stage could not be developed without the $166m flyover and the widening of Armadale Road was a must.
The $300m investment will include cinemas, a town square and a department store, create 1300 jobs and complement the new Cockburn ARC and established train station precinct.
“The Gateway expansion will not occur unless these road improvements are made,” Mr Robertson said.
But with funding and a tentative schedule for both projects emerging from the May 9 Federal budget, Perron Group was tight-lipped last week.
In a statement, property investment general manager Andrew Byars said the bridge was important for the area.
“The bridge will add significant vehicle capacity, enabling us to progress with the next stage of development for Cockburn Gateway Shopping City which will offer a choice of more restaurants, a cinema complex and a full line department store,” he said.
City of Cockburn planning and development director Daniel Arndt expected the Perron Group to submit a final structure plan to the City “in the short term”.
“No doubt current and future tenants, employees, customers and the community broadly are very keen to see early advancement on the next stage of the centre’s development,” he said.
“The City of Cockburn sees this as a key aspect of the ongoing growth and status of Cockburn Central as one of the most important sub-regional centres within the Perth metropolitan region.”