Joondalup: new city hub planned

Concept plan for the City of Joondalup's Boas Place development.
Joondalup: new city hub planned
Concept plan for the City of Joondalup's Boas Place development.

A CONCEPT plan for development in the Joondalup city centre proposes a mix of accommodation, residential apartments and commercial offices.

Joondalup councillors at last month’s meeting endorsed the concept plan for Boas Place, to be developed across 90 Boas Avenue and 70 Davidson Terrace.

The proposed development has undertaken several changes since the City was not deemed the preferred tenderer to develop an office building to house State Government employees.

In February last year, the council voted to review the concept plan and develop a new strategy with project partners Devwest.

The new plan proposes a hotel, student accommodation, a commercial office building, aged care and independent living units to be co-located with childcare and medical facilities and residential apartments.

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Last November, the City’s major projects committee requested a further review of the concept plan to address concerns with access ways and the impact of a building on the Joondalup Library, which has since been done by architects Woods Bagot.

At the March 21 meeting, councillors also received a project status report.

The council document said Devwest’s negotiations with potential hotel operators were continuing but ECU had indicated it did not require additional student accommodation at this time and if it did, it would likely build the accommodation on ECU-owned land.

It also said the City submitted a proposal to an expression of |interest for 4000sq m of accommodation in Joondalup and is waiting for feedback.

Design guidelines including landscaping are currently being finalised before a local planning policy can be prepared to enforce these guidelines.

The City’s memorandum of |understanding with Devwest expires on September 10. However, the council in December authorised to start negotiations for a new MOU, which is expected to start now the plan has been |endorsed.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the City was “coming very close |to landing on some clear direction of how a very valuable piece |of 13,000sq m land in the heart of the city centre will be transformed to create a new civic, cultural, economic and residential hub”.

“I look forward to seeing some further plans for endorsement hopefully in the not too distant future and the opportunity to seek some expressions of interest for land parcels and associated development in the precinct,” he said.