RSPCA op-shop in Palmyra to make way for four-storey apartment complex

An artist's impression of the proposed 57 Carrington development.
An artist's impression of the proposed 57 Carrington development.

THE RSPCA op-shop in Palmyra could soon make way for a $5.3 million, four-storey residential and commercial development that will “breathe some much anticipated life and vibrancy back into the area,” according to proponent Parcel Property.

The developer has lodged a planning application for a 24-apartment building that includes two retail tenancies and a corner café on the ground floor.

The development is being advertised for public comment because it breaches its C4 (neighbourhood and local centre) zoning height limit of 12m by just over half a metre and provides only four visitor car parking bays rather than the six required under the local planning scheme.

However, the 37 proposed residential parking bays far exceed the 24 required and an additional 13 commercial bays will also be provided.

Six single bedroom, 15 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom apartments will be spread across the four floors while the café will front onto both Tamar and Carrington Streets.

Parcel Apartments general manager Danielle Davison said the development would be branded 57 Carrington and that she was in early discussions with a well-known local boutique café operator who was considering the corner tenancy for the site.

“The goal is to go back to basics and develop apartments in convenient locations that appeal to downsizers and owner occupiers wanting to free up capital in their older established homes,” she said.

“In doing so the 24 boutique apartments have been designed to have spacious open plan living areas, a wide range of sustainable features, meticulous design, deep balconies, internal open-air walkways, a rooftop terrace and alfresco kitchen, with views to the CBD from the north facing apartments.”

The land is owned by property mogul Dale Alcock and was purchased from the RSPCA at an auction in September last year.

The lease agreement for the existing op-shop expires in October and the organisation opened a new store in Fremantle in January in preparation for the closure of its Palmyra location.

Full plans for the development can be viewed on the City of Melville website.

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