AFTER almost two years since the iconic Bassendean Hotel and its carpark was placed on sale, an offer has been made to the owners.
Lots 5 and 6 on Old Perth Road had been on the market since May 2015.
The hotel had an eight-year lease with a two to three-year option.
In 2015, the Eastern Reporter previously reported Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly sent letters to the State Government, urging them to purchase the land and develop the carpark but no action was taken.
Real estate agent Gerald Morgan said the 4453 sq m site was best suited for units.
“They (the owners) are looking at offers to develop the land… we will wait and see, they will either accept it or not,” he said.
“It is just there and up for sale; we waited a fair while too.”
Mr Kelly said the potential sale and development of the land would allow Old Perth Road to “survive for another 100 years”.
“Old Perth Road needs some more activity on it…until that happens, the whole street is going to be worse off for it,” he said.
“It is a prime location in the middle of Old Perth Road that could be developed without the loss of any green space and provide the catalyst for activity in Old Perth Road.
“My understanding is that it would permit residential as well as commercial. In my view, that is really what is needed: commercial grounding and residential above.”
Bassendean Mayor John Gangell said the site was a key part of the Town Centre.
“I think the community has said to us very loudly last year that they want to see more of the existing Town Centre being developed,” he said.
“Hopefully that will be a key catalyst to get something done down at the train station end of Old Perth Road.
“It has never been really feasible for the Town to purchase the site and it is a key site within the centre, so hopefully we can see some really great architecture come forward.”