THE Contacio site’s longest standing tenant of nearly 30 years, The Surf Boardroom, has made the move across Scarborough Beach Road to the former Bluewater Tackle World premises.
The building was formerly owned by Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey’s late husband Hal Harvey’s family and bought by The Surf Boardroom owner and Scarborough Beach Association president Wayne Bowen.
Other Contacio tenants have been given until the end of the month to vacate the premises by site owner and developer 3 Oceans, which has submitted a development application for a $450 million 40-storey high-rise development.
Mr Bowen, who opened The Surf Boardroom in the late 1980s, said he wanted to preserve the history of the area, with so many new developments seeking approval to coincide with the $100 million foreshore redevelopment.
“With everything new that will be going up – which is fantastic – we also need to preserve some of the history,” he said.
“Everything else is being redeveloped around us… we’re going to be the little guy that is holding out with the big redevelopment going on around us.”
As the Scarborough Beach Association (SBA) president, Mr Bowen said he was planning an historical Scarborough walk that is outlined in the group’s recent Action Plan.
“I want to engage with all the current land and lease owners to put a plaque about what used to be there; even if it was a series of things,” he said.
“What is now known as the Contacio site was effectively the ‘village’ of Scarborough. It had the greengrocer, the butcher; we’re talking going back as far as the 1930s, ’40s.”
Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said the Bluewater Tackle World shop, which has been in the Harvey family since 1932, had relocated to Joondalup.
“I am very pleased that all of our employees have moved with us,” she said. “My management team and I are hopeful that there may be space for us in one of the many new developments proposed for Scarborough so that we can re-open a store in Scarborough where our family business started.”
Three Oceans Property development associate Wade Ouyang said the group bought the site in 2014 and expected their development application to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, which includes a 166-room hotel, conference centre, 320 residential apartments and a retail complex, to be assessed by the end of September.
But according to an MRA spokeswoman a decision wasn’t likely until the end of the year because there were 400 submissions to be reviewed.