CONSTRUCTION on a revamped Garden City is expected to begin “early to mid-2018”.
A spokeswoman for AMP Capital said work at the Booragoon shopping centre would commence once an agreed price had been reached with builder Scentre Group.
She said that process had started and should be wrapped up in the coming few months.
“Subject to the successful outcome of negotiations, it is proposed the development will commence early to mid-2018,” she said.
The development is expected to cost about $750 million and take three years to finish.
The revamped centre will grow in size from 72,000 sq m to about 120,000sq m, with the number of stores almost doubling to 370.
Additions will include a new cinema complex, new fashion retailers, expanded supermarkets and a main street dining and leisure precinct.
“AMP Capital has carried out significant customer research, including the formation of an online consumer consulting board, which has helped to create the vision for the new Garden City Shopping Centre,” the spokeswoman said.
“The further evolution of Garden City will ensure it remains the premier retail destination in Perth.”
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said he was confident work would start begin soon.
“The whole community is thrilled with having what (will) be one of the best shopping centres in Australia right in the heart of the City of Melville,” he said.
He said the added amenity and new experiences on offer once it was finished would be worth the wait.
“There is the construction period which will cause some inconvenience to people and we ask people to bear with that, (knowing) in a few year’s time we’re going to have an amazing facility on our doorstep,” he said.