A MAJOR new commercial centre is being carefully planned by LandCorp at the Ocean Keys business centre in the northern suburb of Clarkson.The Ocean Keys commercial centre will include a 40 hectare area bounded by Marmion Avenue, Neerabup Road and Belleville Gardens.The focal point of the centre will be a new shopping centre with a range of speciality shops located on a 7.6ha site in the centre of the commercial area.The land site is currently being offered for sale by Knight Frank on behalf of LandCorp by public tender which closes on 14 July.The first stage of development will create an estimated 7,000 square metres of retail space for a supermarket and specialty shops.However, the total development could eventually comprise nearly 28,800sqm of retail float space.The land is designated centre zone which allows the development of both commercial and retail. Besides the shopping centre, development will include fast food outlets, restaurants, motor traders, medical, a service station and mixed business and showroom uses together with service trades.Government services such as a youth centre, library, police station and community facilities will also be developed.These facilities are all planned within walking distance of each other and around the centre’s focal point – a traditional main street.Knight Frank sales manager Martin Reeson said the project would create a lively town centre for Clarkson, offering opportunities for employment and business investment.“Ocean Keys offers a rare opportunity to fill a hole in an already established market,” he said.Local and national developers have shown an interest in the project.The new proposed shopping centre will service an estimated 24,000 people living in the catchment area. This population is anticipated to ultimately expand to 90,000.Clarkson is located only a stone’s throw from the coastal resort of Mindarie Keys, about 31 kilometres from the Perth CBD and 7 kilometres north of Joondalup.LandCorp will commence subdivision of the land into a range of residential, commercial, mixed business and retail Iots in July.
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