GIRRAWHEEN’S Daisy House is likely to be demolished for future development, with the City of Wanneroo considering whether to sell the site.
The council considered a report on the Wade Court property at its February 5 meeting, previously used by the Wanneroo Community Men’s Shed before it acquired a Wangara premises last year.
The volunteer group had been discussing options with the City to lease another of its freehold sites, 9 Leach Road in Wanneroo, before buying the Creative Street warehouse with grants from Lotterywest and the Gaming Community Trust as well as its own funds.
The council report considered the future of the Girrawheen and Wanneroo sites following formal notice that the men’s shed would no longer require either.
It said Daisy House was in poor condition and would require significant work, including structural repairs.
“The Daisy House premises has reached the end of its useful life, and should be scheduled for demolition once vacated,” the report said.
“The recent property condition and dilapidation report identified a number of defects requiring repair or replacement.
“Several suspected asbestos containing material locations were identified, and access ways, ramps, stairs and doorways are not compliant with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.”
It said the Lions Club of Girrawheen had used part of the Wade Court property since 1980, and would need to demolish and remove its shed when the current 12-month lease expired.
The report said if the City sold the block with its current ‘civic and cultural’ zoning, it could potentially be worth between $775,000 and $900,000.
Alternatively, if it rezoned it to residential, it could sell for between $900,000 and $1.05 million.
“Investigations to date have indicated that a potential use for the land could be to amalgamate it with the adjacent school, or redevelop as a medium density residential or commercial development,” the report said.
The council noted staff would investigate the potential to rezone the land to maximise return to the City.
A duplex on the southern half of the Leach Road site is leased to the Wanneroo Agricultural Society and Volunteer Task Force, while the northern portion is vacant land.
The council supported investigations to rezone or lease the vacant portion, noting a further report would be presented to it.
Councillor Dot Newtown said she wanted to see the site remain part of the ‘parks and recreation’ zone bounded by Crisafulli Avenue, Leach Road, Frederick Street and Ariti Avenue.