UPDATE: SORRENTO restaurant White Salt has responded to customers’ fears it could be closing down following the sale of its land.
After posting this story about the two coastal sites at 130 and 134 West Coast Drive selling for $9.75 million for the development of apartments, many customers questioned if the restaurants would stay open.
White Salt later posted it would be “open as usual for quite a long time yet while things are finalised” and they would be “back in a lovely new space”.
Buyer Megara Group also said it was “committed to respecting the current leases in place, with no immediate plans to develop until suitable community engagement and market research has been undertaken”.
It said it would appoint a consultant team and estimated community consultation would start in late 2020.
Other comments from Facebook included:
“The restaurants are not gone forever, they will be back. I live 50m from this development and I’m delighted that it is going ahead. The site as it stands now is ugly, uncared for, pot holes everywhere – bring it on I say and the quicker the better.” – Tom Clarkin
“Nobody wants to go on coastal walks and be walking past apartment blocks after apartment blocks ruining the coastal front!” – Charlotte Southall
Stop Sorrento High Rise also acknowledged the sale of the sites while reminding people the City of Joondalup and WA Planning Commission had previously capped the height of any potential development at five storeys.
EARLIER: TWO commercial sites in Sorrento that house restaurants Voyage Kitchen and White Salt have sold for $9.75 million for the development of apartments.
The coastal sites at 130 and 134 West Coast Drive , which make up part of the previously proposed Sorrento Plaza development, are a combined 2477sq m and are also currently home to other commercial and office tenancies.
Axia Corporate Property introduced the site to buyer Megara Group, which plans to develop the site into luxury residential apartments, with commercial and retail tenants on the ground level where Voyage Kitchen and White Salt will be given first option to remain when redeveloped.
Megara director Chad Scott said the future development would be designed to embrace Sorrento’s coastal location and “highly-desirable community attributes”, with all apartments to have unrestricted ocean views and glimpses of Rottnest Island.
Axia consultant John Garland said commercial and suburban landholdings of this size and directly opposite the beach were a rare commodity.
“The property offers an excellent opportunity for Megara to create an iconic, one-off residential and commercial product in the premium suburb of Sorrento,” he said.