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 4,048sq 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.

“In addition to responding to the shortage of this accommodation type, the use and development of the land for such purposes will support the local community, business and tourism,” it read.

“Serviced-apartments are an accommodation type that generates economic activity and local jobs.”

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 with 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.

Glennis Stokes, who has lived in the area for three years, had concerns for the development and the potential loss of amenity, green space and clean air.

She said the increase of cars would increase parking issues as well as traffic and potential accidents in the small streets, especially while the building is under construction.

Having moved to Midland from Mt Lawley to get away from high density development, Ms Stokes said she hoped the apartments didn’t devalue her house and that she would consider moving if the they had an adverse effect.

With more than 60 years of family history linked to the area, Sam Lorenti, from Ivanhoe Holdings, said their intention was to fill a need for short-term accommodation for tourists, as well as FIFO workers and their families and people needing somewhere to stay close to the hospital.

He said construction was expected to start later this year with completion anticipated 18 months following commencement.

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