NAMES are being sought for the soon-to-be revamped Leederville laneway between the Leedy Hotel and the ABN Group HQ currently under construction.
The laneway’s been dingy for years but is being given a big makeover by developer FJM Properties, and rebranded as a “laneway precinct” opening onto shops in the ABN building and dining options from the hotel which is also getting a makeover.
About 60 per cent of the laneway land is owned by the City of Vincent which has rolled out the red carpet to ABN, hoping the influx of employees will liven up the town centre.
Councillors are so keen on the project that in December they voted to foot nearly half the laneway upgrade bill, pitching in up to $155,000 for laneway infrastructure upgrades including drainage, paving and street lighting.
The naming competition runs until February 18 via theleederville. com and whoever picks the winning name gets a $500 voucher to dine at any of the new hospitality outlets. Submissions have to be vetted in line with the council’s laneway naming policy, then a shortlist will be advertised for 14 days’ community consultation.
Meanwhile the ABN building itself is going up at a fast clip. While other builds around town have been delayed or gone dormant, this one’s on track for completion by the original estimated date of mid-2021, and two of the seven retail tenancies are already confirmed filled.
by DAVID BELL