LEEDERVILLE’S luncheries have a big boost on the way with 750 new office workers coming to town mid-2021.
Builder Dale Alcock is moving his ABN Group from Osborne Park to a proposed $36 million, seven-storey office on the carpark where the Leederville Hotel’s old drive-thru bottleshop used to be.
Developer Adrian Fini will be constructing the building for site owner Leederville Hotel Investment Syndicate, and ABN will be on a 12-year lease with two five-year extension options.
Mr Fini said in a press release the development should “add to the vibrancy of the area, increase day trade and add to the culture of the Leederville hub”.
Mr Alcock said the building “has the potential to become an iconic part of the Leederville community.
“We have commissioned internationally-recognised artist Tom Muller to make the building façade something really special — this is going to be a memorable part of the local landscape when complete.”
A ground floor showroom filled with building material samples will face Vincent Street.
There are also plans to upgrade the laneway behind The Garden bar as an entry to a retail or restaurant area, depending on how the area’s economy is tracking when that side of the project is ready to go.
The project was approved by the state government’s Development Assessment Panel on August 19 and has the backing of Vincent council.
Mayor Emma Cole says ABN moving to Leederville is a vote of confidence in its commercial hub and will have big benefits for local businesses.
“Daily foot traffic is what is is needed to keep our high streets alive and thriving so it will be a great boost for Leederville’s diverse mix of cafes, restaurants, bars and independent retailers,” Ms Cole says.
Despite the project’s size there were very few dissenters; two rounds of mailing out 557 letters each time led to only five objections.
There was some concern about parking problems stemming from such a large number of staff coming to town at the same time the 65-bay hotel carpark was closing.
The new development will only provide 156 bays to staff. The rest will have to catch the train, bus, walk from a public carpark, or use one of the 196 bike racks on site.
ABN says it will be “undertaking a cultural shift” to educate employees about about “alternative methods of travel”.
To offset the loss of the hotel’s carpark, ABN will open up 122 of its car bays for public use after 5.30pm and on weekends.
by DAVID BELL