DESPITE coming down two storeys, the $40 million Arthouse development is still proposed to be the tallest building in the Joondalup city centre.
The originally-proposed 18-storey building at 113 Grand Boulevard was first approved by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel in February 2015 with 190 apartments and four ground floor commercial tenancies facing Grand Boulevard and Central Walk.
In October 2015, the panel approved modifications including increasing the number of apartments to 194.
Then in March 2018, it went before the Joondalup council where it approved to amalgamate six units to three, reducing it to 191 apartments.
The proposal came before the panel again this morning for further changes, including the removal of the basement level and two tower floors, reducing the apartments from 191 to 169, the storeys from 18 to 16 and the overall building height by 5.24m.
It also proposed to increase the height of the podium by 812mm to suit the updated design and extend the mezzanine level within the podium to make it a full floor, providing for four apartments on this level.
The meeting document said the “re-planning of the podium levels was to achieve a more efficient use of space to incorporate car parking and the relocated stores”.
“Since the original approval was granted in February 2015, the developers have been marketing the development to secure the necessary critical mass in sales to proceed with construction,” it said.
“Market conditions are such that certain modifications have been made to the development proposal since it was first approved, including the reconfiguration of apartments, stores, access ramps and the amalgamation of some units.
“More recently, design modifications have been made to achieve more cost-efficient construction solutions and this is reflected in the current application which has seen efficiencies in slab thicknesses, which has partly contributed to an overall reduction in building height.”
The document also said the proposed amendments were “not considered to substantially change the development approved”.
The changes were unanimously approved with the City’s March council decision continuing, which extends the time allowed for the applicant to substantially start the development to before February 5, 2020.
The 2000sq m site where Arthouse is proposed is currently vacant.
The development also includes a shared pool terrace and amenity area featuring a lounge, gym and outdoor cinema.