Hi-rise a step closer

The two car parks are in important strategic sites in Leederville.

VINCENT council  looks poised to move a step closer to developing two of its car parks in Leederville, with one next to the freeway potentially reaching 23 storeys.

The agenda for Tuesday’s council briefing session provided a first look at a an expression of interest for developers to make their pitch on the future of The Avenue and Frame Court car parks, however the item didn’t come up for discussion during the meeting.

The proposed redevelopment has been around since before 2012, when the council adopted the Leederville Masterplan. The Avenue site was to become the Oxford Markets Precinct while Frame Court would be the Oxford Town Square as a souther gateway to Oxford Street.

Last September the council recommended the WA Planning Commission approve a new Leederville Precinct Structure Plan, which would see the sites zoned Mixed Use R-AC0 and earmarked as “key development sites”.

“This identifies an acceptable height standard of 18 storeys, which could increase to a maximum height of 23 storeys subject to bonus criteria being met,” a planning report to the council noted about The Avenue site.

Frame Court would get a standard 10 storeys which could go up to 14 storeys with bonuses.

The report says The Avenue building would “shape the Leederville skyline” and would be a showcase for sustainability and reuse, while Frame Court would be a well-landscaped, “attractive and safe entry point to the core of Leederville for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles”.

One of the essential criteria potential developers will have to address is providing a minimum or 400 parkings bays across one or both sites, although the council has indicated it would consider bids for individual sites.

Once the bids come in, the council will whittle that down to a short list before the council has to prepare a business plan that will go out for public comment.

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