THERE are big plans in place for a vacant nine-hectare block of land in Armadale, bound by Green Avenue, Forrest Road and Fifth Road, but question marks remain over when they will eventuate.
The land is owned by the State Government and a private land owner, but the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has the planning authority for the area, west of the Armadale Rail Station.
MRA chief executive Kieran Kinsella said the broader precinct, known as City West, will be redeveloped as an inner-city residential area.
It will include modern housing and apartments, set among shops and offices to encourage urban village living, with pedestrian- friendly street networks; all within a 200m walk of the train station and city centre.
The MRA has been working with the landowners and the City of Armadale to finalise planning and achieve the vision for the area, but it is believed the private owner’s refusal to sell the land ” despite being offered large sums of money ” is preventing any development from occurring.
The MRA would not comment on any offers which have been put forward to purchase the land.
The City would not comment on potential plans for the area.
A question mark sign often appears on the land, believed to have been placed by the developer.