City of Bayswater welcomes potential residential development plans as part of Galleria Shopping Centre expansion


An artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of Galleria.
An artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of Galleria.

BAYSWATER Mayor Dan Bull has welcomed Galleria Shopping Centre co-owners Vicinity Centres’ plans for residential development as part of the centre’s expansion.

Vicinity Centres, which is co-owner with Perron Group, announced plans this monthfor the sale of up to $1 billion of sub-regional and neighbourhood centres with proceeds to be reinvested into transformative development opportunities like Galleria.

It follows the Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel March approval for additional food and beverage shops and parking changes as part of the $350 million expansion.

Cr Bull said the City welcomed the inclusion of apartments and was pleased Vicinity shared the same vision to transform Morley CBD into a “strategic and leisure destination”.

“The City’s Morley Activity Centre Plan sets a clear direction of the revitalisation of the Morley CBD,” he said.

“The Plan provides for around 8000 new dwellings in the Morley City Centre.

“The new zonings for the Morley Activity Centre introduced in November 2017 provide substantial opportunities for the development of new apartments.”

Morley Momentum member Steven Ostaszewskyj said the group believed more residential was needed in the Morley City Centre.

“It is purely just a commercial hub,” he said.

“You actually have people actively visiting the centre who care about what their surrounding environment looks like, which could actually bring back pride to the area for people to actually look after Morley again.”

Vicinity Centres development executive general manager Carolyn Viney said Vicinity would not disclose the individual centres up for sale, as it was unhelpful with sale processes.

“We are in the early stages of our development plans for Galleria,” she said.

“Galleria and the broader Morley area is a vibrant, diverse community who love where they live and we want to make sure we create something truly special which reflects those things.

“As part of our development plans, we are investigating many options to create world class destinations that reflect the needs and wants of our visitors.

“This may include development of commercial offices, hotels and residential buildings in some of our assets, as has been the case at Chadstone or The Glen for instance.”

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