Garden City set to grow

AMP State Development Manager Scott Nugent said $400-500 million would be spent on expanding and improving the centre, including the addition of a piazza-style entertainment precinct, encompassing dining and movies, as well as residential apartments.

More room for retailers will also be part of the plan, with the current space full and international brands coming to Australia wanting to get into the centre.

‘It’s been 10 years since the last refurbishment and we know the centre has gone beyond its limits,’ Mr Nugent said.

‘We need to keep investing in upgrades to keep the centre fresh and relevant, and we need to create more space for new retailers to come in and existing retailers, such as David Jones, to expand.’

Residential apartments built alongside the centre would allow local residents who wished to downsize to continue to live in the area and by creating an entertainment precinct at the centre, people could ‘live, work and play’ in the same place, alleviating problems with traffic and parking.

Mr Nugent said nearby roads and intersections may need to be upgraded, and new parking facilities would use the park assist system, alerting motorists to available spaces with green lights.

The project was in the structure planning stage and if approved by the City of Melville, the plans would be made available to the public for comment.

Mr Nugent said following this phase, there would be many more opportunities for the community to give feedback during the planning process before the work begins, likely to be late in 2015.