THE City of Swan has identified eight sites in its plan for the Midland CBD – three of which are in the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s planning control area.
The MRA recently just announced the redevelopment of the former Midland Saleyards site at Midland’s future southern gateway along Lloyd Street would be redeveloped.
All but three of the sites are privately owned and the City has no control over the timing of development on private land.
One of the landowners is Gerry Hevron, who owns what he said is “the best piece of land in Midland” at the corner of Morrison Road and Great Eastern Highway.
The site is the former site of the Midland Inn and the MRA is keen to see it be turned into a five-storey development.
Private development in the MRA’s redevelopment area will be guided by new design guidelines, which are expected to be adopted next year.
Mr Hevron said he had long-term plans to build on the site but admitted timing was uncertain.
“It’s hard to know when; sometimes these things happen naturally and I’m sure if a developer comes along they would push for seven-storeys to get the river views,” he said.
Midland-Guildford ward councillor Daniel Parisiliti said this site and a vacant block at the corner of Keane Street and The Crescent were most in need of development.
“Development at the corner of Great Eastern Highway and Morrison Road I believe needs to be sympathetic to the old workshop feel, with architecture sympathetic to Midland’s history, whether that be resurrecting the old pub or some form of multi-purpose development,” he said.
“The corner of Keane Street and The Crescent is the gateway to the Swan Valley and needs some form of development to service the ever-growing Crescent community.”
Another key site is the corner of Great Eastern Highway and Lloyd Street, which currently welcomes Midland’s visitors from the east with a sprawling car park.
Swan chief executive Mike Foley said plans were in motion for a significant development which “may take more land than just the corner” of the busy intersection.
“The owners of Midland Gate are working with the City of Swan to prepare designs which can achieve an appropriate outcome for the site,” he said.
Swan’s Midland Activity Centre Structure Plan also makes provision for density bonuses – a zoning tool allowing developers to build bigger or taller buildings than normally allowed.
Another Midland-Guildford ward councillor, Mark Elliott, said there were many projects taking shape in Midland to look forward to.
“I think over the next five years in particular, we’re going to see a lot of changes and a lot of the big ticket items really start to come online with significant progress,” he said.
“I’m stoked to part of the process in such an exciting time.”
LAND IN MIDLAND EARMARKED FOR LANDMARK DEVELOPMENTS:
Corner Morrison Road and Poynton Avenue (22 Morrison Rd)
Corner William Street and Poynton Avenue (18 William St)
Corner Morrison Road and Keane Street (64 Morrison Rd)
Corner Keane Street and The Crescent (19 The Crescent; owned by the City)
Corner The Avenue and proposed road (Lot 70 The Avenue; owned by the City)
Corner Morrison Road and Sayer Street (106 Morrison Rd; owned by the City)
Corner Sayer Street and The Crescent (53 The Crescent)
Corner Lloyd Street and Great Eastern Highway (274 Great Eastern Hwy)
Corner Great Eastern Highway and Lloyd Street (364 Great Eastern Hwy)
Corner Clayton Street and Lloyd Street (Lot 9003 Clayton St)