UPGRADES planned on Breakwater Drive in Two Rocks will include widening the road, adding roundabouts and a median strip, plus transplanting big pine trees.
Acumen Development Solutions principal Nick Perrignon talked about changes planned as part of the Atlantis Beach development at the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting last month.
Mr Perrignon revealed artist’s impressions of Breakwater Drive and said to sell land, developers had to make the northern-most suburb in Perth look appealing to potential buyers.
Benara Nurseries is growing the Cook pine trees that will line the road up to Atlantis Beach Baptist College, which is expected to open in July pending registration approval.
Mr Perrignon said the upgraded road would have two carriageways and cycle lanes on either side, and no garages facing it.
He said the 6000-lot estate would take 15 to 20 years to complete and was generally attracting first-homebuyers and people looking to downsize.
“We are in uncertain times and we are at the top end of 13 projects competing (for buyers),” he said.
“We are very patient and we need to be because the economy has hit the wall. At present it’s running at 65 per cent of normal sales volume and growth. It’s slowed down but that gives us time to be orderly.”
About 70 houses are being built and Mr Perrignon said the first residents would move in within a couple of weeks.
He said there would soon be a medical practice in Two Rocks, and they were proposing to build a cafe with a water playground and a childcare centre.
“Each year we will look to keep improving the town centre – it’s not part of our project but it’s part of the community,” he said.
Mr Perrignon told TRYRA members that when earthworks first started off Blaxland Road, they were caught short on dust management because they had not realised how fine coastal sands were.
“We had to back-pedal really quick to fix it,” he said.
“We’ve done a lot of hydro sealing.
“With our machinery on Breakwater Drive, we will stop the machines as soon as wind gets to 22km/h.”
Asked about the block sizes, which will average between 400sq m and 600sq m, Mr Perrignon said it made properties affordable for first homebuyers.
“If we put out 800sq m lots, we would be saying to all our children ‘you will never own your own home’,” he said.
Mr Perrignon said development of the northern part of the estate, off Dame Pattie Drive, was eight to 10 years away, as was the town centre which mostly sat within another private landowner’s property north of Breakwater Drive.
He said the coastal shops near Dewars Beach would be developed in about 15 years’ time.