ING in talks on Armadale

ING Real Estate is planning a $45 million redevelopment of its Armadale Shopping Centre, expanding the regional centre from its current 20,000 square metres to 30,000sq m.

The retail property trust is currently in discussions with the City of Armadale over the proposed expansion of the centre.

ING Real Estate senior asset manager Peter Flatt said the proposed shopping centre expansion would include a discount department store, a food court and a raft of speciality shops.

Mr Flatt said the introduction of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority, the extension of the Tonkin Highway and the relocation of the Armadale railway station were contributing factors to the company’s decision to move ahead with the redevelopment.

He said the company was currently waiting on the gazettal of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority’s Armadale City Centre policy, expected next month, before submitting a development application.

ING’s stable of WA shopping centres includes Lakeside in Joondalup, Fremantle Wool-stores and Harbour Town in West Perth.

City of Armadale planning and services manager Louis Fouche said there was scope in the metropolitan centre policy to redevelop the Armadale Shopping Centre. 

Mr Fouche said a desire for another discount department store and a greater variety of retail outlets had been identified in the community.

“It is relatively old and needs re-orientation and internal escalators instead of ramps,” he said.

“It is not competing with other larger shopping centres.”

Meanwhile, the other major shopping centre redevelopment slated for the City of Armadale area, the $35 million redevelopment of the Kelmscott Central Shopping Centre, has received a major setback.

Proponents of the development Austasia Group Limited lost its appeal against the City of Armadale and the WA Planning Commission last year.

Austasia Group Limited director Dr Daniel Chesson said the company was currently considering the alternatives available.

Dr Chesson said there was a pathway open to take the case to the Supreme Court or, alternatively, to forego the development completely and sell up in Kelmscott.

He said the Kelmscott development required a large scale to be feasible and was not possible at the size suggested by the WAPC and the City of Armadale.

“The end result is a detriment to Armadale and the south-east corridor,” Dr Chesson said.

“It is a huge setback, not just for us, but for development in general

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