Medical centre, recreation facilities to be part of $2.2 million Alkimos development

Photo: Martin Kennealey
Photo: Martin Kennealey

A MEDICAL centre and recreation facility will be built in Alkimos as part of a $2.2 million development recently approved by the Metro North-West Development Assessment Panel.

The panel met on Tuesday to consider the application for the Agora village centre submitted to the City of Wanneroo, which recommended approval with 15 conditions.

Allerding and Associates lodged the application for Agora on Santorini to be developed at its two lots at the corner of Santorini Promenade and Benenden Avenue, totalling 5100sq m.

Five buildings will be built on the site to include a medical centre, pharmacy, recreation centre, shop and restaurant.

There will be 102 car parking bays accessible to patrons, with 86 on-site and 16 parallel bays on adjoining road reserves.

During public consultation last year the City of Wanneroo received four submissions outlining concerns about the loss of trees, increased traffic and waste disposal.

The concerns were addressed in the conditions with the developer agreeing to replace macadamia |trees in the parking area with eucalyptus that would offer the area more shade.

The City of Wanneroo traffic impact assessment indicated that there would be an “expected maximum daily traffic increase” of about 1350 vehicle trips a day but it could be “easily accommodated” in the current and future road network.

Another condition enforced a waste management plan in which all waste would be stored within a designated bin enclosure and collected from the site at least once a week by a private contractor at the cost of the owner/occupier.

City of Wanneroo councillor Frank Cvitan, who initially had concerns over a potential parking shortfall, said Agora would be a “vibrant facility” that would offer specialty services to the new surrounding community.

“The whole strip along Marmion Avenue is cranking with development and this will add another element for the Alkimos community,” he said.

“Agora architecturally looks appealing and its location will service the community well.

“I’m pleased to see that although the macadamia trees will be removed that they’re going to be replaced with eucalyptus that will give more shade.”

Allerding and Associates was contacted for comment.

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