Subiaco gives go-ahead to Pavilion Market redevelopment

An artist's impression of the development.
An artist's impression of the development.

THE City of Subiaco has thrown its support behind Blackburne Property group’s proposed $235 million Subiaco Pavilion Market development.

Councillors agreed at a council meeting last night to recommend Metro West JDAP approve the construction of the development comprising of 240 multiple dwellings over three mixed use buildings.

Blackburne has proposed the construction of a six-storey Rokeby building, six-storey Roberts building with various setbacks and a 24-storey Seddon building.

The proposal includes 516 car parking bays as well as ground level markets, with retail and food space, public space, a new town square on Seddon Street and a pocket park and entertainment area near the centre.

A final decision on the approval of the development will be made by the Metro West JDAP, which includes two Subiaco council members Murray Rowe and Derek Nash, on February 22.

Councillors Rowe and Nash both supported the development at the meeting last night.

A total of 29 public statements were presented at the meeting, with 24 people showing support of the development and only five against.

Subiaco residents, business owners, an architect, real estate agents, a Subiaco Theatre manager, a consultant and lawyer were all in favour of Blackburne’s multi-million dollar development.

Western Suburbs Business Association President Mark Hann said the proposed development would deliver economic benefit including housing diversity and affordability, and would bring back the markets.

“The project is estimated to provide over 200 new jobs for the area,” he said.

“It will bring much-needed foot traffic to Subiaco’s business precinct stimulating the local economy throughout the day and night while actively engaging with the general community and surrounding areas.”

However, some residents voiced their concerns with Blackburne’s proposed 24-storey Seddon building and its potential for overshadowing.

Subiaco resident Caroline Bell said the development was “non-compliant”.

“The developer is seeking a bonus on an existing bonus without providing any significant public benefit,” she said.

“A 24-storey building is the perfect way to ruin the most treasured asset of this precinct – its village atmosphere.”

Subiaco resident Chloe Senior said the approval of the development would set Subiaco on the pathway to becoming a city with “not one high tower but many”.

WA Apartment Advocacy Director Samantha Reece said it were .005 of the population were saying “no” to the 24-storey building.

“Is 24-storeys too high? No – the development around the train station has been undercooked,” she said.

“With sensitive design, no pedestrians will even know the building is 24-storeys high.”