CONSTRUCTION is expected to start on Heir apartments at 9-11 King William Street during the second half of the year, following increased interest in the development according to the developer.
The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) approved the controversial seven-storey Bayswater apartments in February last year, going against Bayswater council’s recommendation.
Initially knocked back by the JDAP, revised proposal changes included increased setbacks, more carparks and an amended street facade to be more in line with the street’s heritage values.
Yolk Property Group director Pete Adams said since the start of 2017 they had seen an increase in interest in the development.
“Development is expected to commence (in the) second half of 2017,” he said.
As part of the works, 9 King William Street would be demolished, with the facade of number 11 retained to make way for the 27 apartments plus restaurant and shop space on the ground floor.
Mr Adams said the in-progress Bayswater town centre structure plan was positive for the area and was looking forward to the final plan.
The empty building at 11 King William Street is currently used as a pop-up for cafe Howdy, customised cycling clothing company Pedalare, and Bourne to Strutt yoga classes.
“After acquiring a site it can take up to 18 months before construction begins and all the building will do is sit there idle,” Mr Adams said.
“It’s a waste when entrepreneurs, artists and creatives could be using it as a test tube space.”
Mr Adams said after the positive Bayswater trial, they would try pop-up opportunities at their other development sites.