Scarborough towers proposal rejected by MRA, developer ‘surprised and disappointed’ by decision

Artist's impression of the proposed towers.
Artist's impression of the proposed towers.

DEVELOPER 3 Oceans has slammed the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) for refusing its application for a 43-storey high rise in Scarborough.

Managing director Dyno Zhang said he was “surprised and disappointed” at the decision.

“The MRA board has missed an opportunity to show courage and vision and support our project, which will be a game-changer for the local Scarborough community,” he said.

“It fails to align with the State Government’s objectives of creating new jobs, promoting tourism, revitalising Scarborough and diversifying the State’s economy.

“It sends the wrong signal for people wanting to invest in Western Australia, particularly in the local Scarborough area.”

Mr Zhang said 3 Oceans would work with the State Government to find a way for the project to proceed.

The application was refused by MRA for the proposed 43-storey and 35-storey buildings at the former Contacio site.

A statement from the MRA said the board acknowledged the developer’s efforts to address issues raised through the assessment process but considered it to be “a significant overdevelopment of the site and that the benefits proposed did not warrant the extent of discretion sought”.

It found the critical mass of residents, workers and visitors on one site would also have serious impacts on the local traffic network.

“The MRA supports landmark developments however this proposal would see considerable overdevelopment of the site,” it said.

The statement clarified that despite an agreement between Main Roads WA and the developer, the proposed pedestrian bridge was not part of the application.

It said it would work with the developer on a modified proposal consistent with the Scarborough master plan vision.

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