THE owner of a vacant lot on Guildford Road in Maylands is in talks with a potential buyer after years of neglect and graffiti at the site.
Coles bought the former Cascade Tavern site near KFC in 2008, which had been left vacant for 11 years.
A contractor painted over the graffiti on the back walls on September 12.
This comes two years after the Eastern Reporter reported that Coles had agreed to clean up the site following community pressure to remove graffiti, pick up rubbish and trim trees.
A Coles spokeswoman said it was in discussions with a potential buyer for the site.
“Maintenance of our site at 231 Guildford Road in Maylands is important to us and we have taken steps to ensure it’s maintained to the standards expected by the community,” she said.
Coles did not respond to questions about the sale price of the site.
Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association president Elli Peterson-Pik, who is running for the City of Bayswater South ward seat, said the site was in better condition now than when he started a campaign to clean it up in 2012.
“Nevertheless, the graffiti returns on a regular basis and the garden beds at the front of the property are still very much neglected,” he said.
“It devalues our suburb and has a negative impact on the image of Maylands.”
Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the City had contacted Coles on many occasions about maintenance of the lot and it would again raise this matter and seek compliance.
In 2012, Bayswater council rejected Coles’ application for a liquor licence for the site to develop a 1250sq m First Choice Liquor barn, 10 times the size of an average Liquorland outlet.
Coles appealed the WA Liquor Commission’s refusal to grant a liquor licence in 2013, which was rejected.