Developers of tallest building set for Joondalup ask for more time to start project


An artist impression of an apartment in Arthouse.
An artist impression of an apartment in Arthouse.

THE developers of the tallest building set for the Joondalup city centre have asked for more time to start the project.

At last month’s meeting, Joondalup councillors considered an application from Hillam Architects, on behalf of land owner Edge Holdings No 5, for minor modifications to the previously approved 18-storey Arthouse development at 113 Grand Boulevard and to extend the approval period for another two years.

Edge Holdings No 5 managing director Lincoln Jones said the property market had been “facing a difficult three years” and that more time was necessary to “address the uncertainty in the market” and to reach pre-sale targets to ensure the development is viable.

“We are seeing some green shoots in the markets,” he said.

“We are nearing our pre-sale targets and we are currently in discussions with a major purchaser to take out some units, which will give us the necessary pre sales to commence development.

“We have full faith we can deliver high rise multi-unit living that will be a significant development to contribute to the Joondalup city centre.”

Councillor Kerry Hollywood said she “fully supported” the extension of time.

“It has been a difficult few years in the housing market and I wish them well in obtaining their pre-sales and hopefully looking forward to seeing this development built,” she said.

Cr Russell Poliwka said it would be a “landmark building”.

“We should support this strongly and give it every opportunity to prosper,” he said.

The multi-use development was first approved by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel in February 2015.

It proposed 190 apartments and four ground floor commercial tenancies with an approval period of three years.

In October 2015, the assessment panel approved modifications including increasing the number of apartments to 194 and changing their layout and composition and increasing the store rooms and car parking bays.

Councillors at the March 20 meeting unanimously supported to extend the approval to February 2020.

They also approved more modifications including increasing the building height by 7cm, amalgamating six units to three therefore reducing the overall number to 191 and amending some southern balcony setbacks from 2.6m to 2.1m.

“The modifications are not considered to substantially modify the previously approved development and comprise of modifications to internal and external areas to accommodate structural design elements, improve amenity, and accommodate services, partly due to detailed design work,” a council document said.

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