News Clips 3.8.13

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THE ageing Carillon Arcade (right) is up for an $8 million facelift (far right). Landowner Hawaiian Investments has asked the PCC for the green light to close part of the arcade and demolish 35 shops over three levels. Planners reckon the spruce-up, with the big window area facing Forrest Place “represents a sophisticated design response to reinvigorate a prominent retail location”. The planning committee gave it the thumbs-up this week and it’ll now go to council for rubber-stamping.

GLOUCESTER PARK looks set to be permanently added to the state heritage register, killing plans to develop housing at the historic racing site. The metropolitan redevelopment authority says it’s prime land for “a substantial new urban community” and wants to move ahead with a housing project but concedes any development is at the discretion of the WA trotting association, which owns the site. The Voice understands WATA wants to keep the track as it is and supports heritage listing, but we didn’t hear back from Gloucester Park’s Nic Lanyon before deadline. The park was purpose-built for harness racing in 1929 on reclaimed land used as a tip and “may have archeological potential” with artefacts from Perth’s 1900s population buried there.

THINGS are moving (slowly) down at the long-dormant McNess Arcade. The historic arcade was built by the famously scruffy philanthropist Sir Charles “Snowy” McNess in 1897, and is now owned by St Martin’s Property Group. The arcade has been blocked off for decades, a sore point for heritage buffs like Ivan King, the historian at His Majesty’s Theatre, who wants to see its historic splendour open to the public. St Martin’s GM Andrew Taylor told us in January that development now on the horizon, but they now are asking for more time. They’ve been given $80,000 in heritage funding from the PCC to help restore and stabilise the facade, but that cash is due to expire in January 2014. St Martin’s want another four months to get started and that decision will be made at the next full council meeting.


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