THE sinking of Armadale train station and the creation of new town square above it are part of soon to be released plans for the 25 year redevelopment of Armadale’s city centre.
The City of Armadale’s Draft Armadale Strategic Metropolitan Centre Structure Plan will be released for public comment on Tuesday and includes plans to underground the Armadale train station and create a town centre above with a new piazza connecting to the Jull Street Mall.
The structure plan also includes new commercial, retail, entertainment and housing developments as well as improvements to streets, parks and cycle ways.
With the changes to the train station one of the plan’s biggest projects, City of Armadale chief executive Ray Tame said they had worked hard with landowners and stakeholders to create options that would support the future extension of the Armadale line to Byford.
He said the sinking of the station and a portion of the rail line was the preferred option because it improved development prospects and better connected the areas on either side of the track.
The project is aimed at accommodating an expected regional population growth of 260,000 by 2050 and the City expects it to make the area a key destination for employment, retail, entertainment, culture, tourism, justice and health.
“The City Centre will need to grow to accommodate a forecast regional population of 455,770 by 2050 which will increase the demand for a variety of services and facilities in Armadale for both business and recreation purposes,” Mr Tame said.
Public comment on the draft structure plan and the City Centre Design Guidelines are open from May 8 to June 5, with project stands to be on display at the Armadale Shopping Centre on May 12 and May 16.
Visit www.armadale.gov.wa.au for more information.