The proposed shopping centre for Maida Vale. Picture: Element Advisory

Woolies to anchor in Maida Vale

After sitting empty for years, a development application has been filed for the block on the corner of Kalamunda Road and Midland Road.
February 22, 2024
Gera Kazakov

COMMENT is being sought by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage on a proposal to create a new $22 million shopping centre on Kalamunda Road in Maida Vale.

The shopping centre’s proposed location is 332 Kalamunda Road – the empty lot behind the golf course on the corner of Midland Road and Kalamunda Road.

The land is owned by the Activ Foundation, who acquired the site in 2004, and Woolworths have already put their name forward as an anchor tenant for the centre.

The proposal also includes a variety of specialty tenancies, fast food outlets, a medical centre, a BWS liquor store, and landscaping to the site.

The development application, prepared by Element Advisory, said the site will contain 247 car-parking bays, with the proposal expecting to create 245 construction jobs and then 233 ongoing jobs once the centre is up and running.

Of the 247 car parking bays, 190 will be for the main shopping centre, while the gym will have 15 bays and the medical centre 21 bays.

The development application said the project is ‘shovel ready’ subject to approval from the Western Australian Planning Commission.

“The development manager has obtained funding commitment for this project,” the application states.

“Woolworths are committed to this site and project as demonstrated, which effectively means securing funding for the construction project is certain.”

The planning report states the site has been cleared of vegetation since the 1950s, and before the golf course was established in the 1970s, the site was undeveloped bushland.

The application states that the site has no registered heritage significance, and that the landscaping works will retain all but one of the existing trees on the site.

“The existing trees are considered to be of important value to the development and respecting the existing streetscape environment, whilst enhancing the pedestrian experience with the provision of the new footpath along Midland Road,” the application states.

Consultation closes March 5 and can be made online at here.

Privately owned, proudly independent local news service.

ALL IMAGES & WORDS © 2023 Echo Newspaper
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram