A NEW eight-storey apartment block is one step closer to becoming a reality after Bayswater Council moved to expand the Maylands Activity Centre last week.
Rowe Group, on behalf of BGC Development, applied to amend the Town Planning Scheme and expand the Maylands Activity Centre to build a new eight-storey “more aesthetically pleasing” apartment block on the site of the current 10-storey block.
At a committee meeting, Rowe Group presented a deputation proposing an alternative recommendation that would allow the developer to potentially include a health studio, kiosk, office, restaurant and shop in the residential block.
Maylands Business Association chairman Michiel de Ruyter said he supported the officers’ recommendation and was worried the commercial component would “dilute” the Eighth Avenue precinct. Council deferred the decision to consider.
Rowe Group’s Greg Rowe then wrote to the City and said BGC Development did not presently have any commercial development plans for the site and withdrew the alternative recommendation after listening to the association’s concerns.
Mr Rowe said BGC’s aim was to replace the existing building on the site and offer a “more aesthetically pleasing” built form.
At a meeting last week, Council approved the activity centre expansion at lot 8, 132 Guildford Road and lot 70, 55 Central Avenue.
The proposed apartment block would include 160 apartments.