Midland: $12.7 million serviced apartment to address ?chronic shortage? of accommodation

Midland: $12.7 million serviced apartment to address ?chronic shortage? of accommodation

A $12.7 million serviced apartment building will be built in Midland near the hospital and airport to address a “chronic shortage” of accommodation in the area.

The 92-apartment building with a caretaker’s dwelling to be built on Wroxton Street was approved last week by a Joint Development Assessment Panel (DAP).

Bound by Lloyd Street and Eddie Baron Drive, the 4048sq m site includes vacant land and four existing houses that will be demolished to make way for the apartments.

Owner Ivanhoe Holdings was granted approval to amalgamate land from 3-9 Wroxton Street where the four-storey building with more than 140 basement-level car barking bays will stand. The development will include 41 one-bedroom and 52 two-bedroom apartments, 10 on-street visitor car parking bays, security, gym, theatre space and pool.

According to a report presented to the DAP by applicant MW Urban, the apartments “address a chronic shortage of business and leisure accommodation” in Midland and the Swan Valley.

MW Urban co-owner Tony Watson said out of nine letters the City of Swan received during consultation, six were in support and three in opposition to the development.

He said the apartments fit the Midland Town Planning Scheme, with a four-storey, 38-multiple-dwelling development already approved on land one block north of the subject site as well as a 10-apartment development beside it.

Sam Lorenti, from Ivanhoe Holdings, said their intention was to fill a need for short-term accommodation for tourists, as well as fly-in, fly-out workers and families, and people needing somewhere to stay close to the hospital.

He said construction was expected to start later this year.