A SIX-storey hotel aims to create more vibrancy in the Joondalup city centre.
The $14 million mixed use development, that will also include ground floor commercial tenancies, was unanimously approved by the Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel last week.
The Quest hotel will feature 50 apartments, a conference room and gym at 85 Boas Avenue, sharing the site that is owned by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth and houses the Holy Spirit Chapel.
Joondalup planning services manager Chris Leigh said the City “generally supported the proposal”.
He said traffic engineers had advised the proposal would not have a negative impact and that a 14-bay parking shortfall was considered appropriate given its location next to the multi-storey carpark.
He said the Joondalup Design Reference Panel’s recommendations regarding window treatments and landscaping had also been accommodated.
Cr Philippa Taylor raised the need to “create vibrancy” in the two ground floor tenancies.
Mr Leigh said these frontages would be “completely glazed so people can see the activity going on inside”.
He said there would be a restriction on signage and the amount the windows could be covered.
Ms Taylor raised concerns about the land use of the tenancies being open to offices as well as shops and restaurants.
Mr Leigh said the applicant had applied for a range of land uses and they were the City’s preference.
However, he indicated the City would prefer to see shops, cafes and restaurants in that area.
“We want active uses that will have an interaction with the street,” he said.
He said the City’s glazing and signage conditions would not entice an office use but if it did happen, the City would be able to “control the nature of the office so there is still a degree of activity”.
Deputy presiding member Paul Drechsler said Boas Avenue was a “very important” precinct with a “cultural emphasis”.
He said while he could envisage a “highly trafficable” office, he understood the need to create more activity with shops or restaurants.
He moved to not allow office as a land use.
However, specialist member John Syme said he did not think the office should be excluded.
“It’s better to have some use than nothing,” he said.
“We need to give some reasonable degree of flexibility to fill the space; we don’t want dead main streets.”
The amendment was passed 3-2.
Cr Taylor also questioned if the design to not include trees in the rear carpark was to not reduce car bays.
Mr Leigh said because of the large boundary wall of the multi-storey carpark, there “would not be a lot that would survive there”.
“To soften the outlook, there will be trellises which gives the City comfort that with no tress there’ll still be a degree of green,” he said.