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People’s piazza at Port Bouvard

THE creation of a vibrant village atmosphere is the impetus behind the waterfront piazza-style development for Port Bouvard’s Northport precinct approved last year.

The mixed residential and retail development will consist of three buildings containing a restaurant, 338 square metres of office space, a 350sqm penthouse, six apartments, a super deli and two-storey villa.

The development was approved in late December and construction will commence in June, with June 2004 the proposed completion date.

Port Bouvard managing director Ross Neumann said the piazza was the last jigsaw in the Northport development concept and was at a scale never before seen in Western Australia.

“We wanted to create a nucleus in the village centre of Northport,” he said.

“The theme is French Mediterranean piazza style meeting place.

“It is all waterfront with boat mooring and secure garage parking.”

Mr Neumann said that, to date, two small shops and one apartment had been sold and there was strong interest in the super deli and the restaurant.

“We are very encouraged by the initial response; residents want the facility and business is interested in the potential high turnover,” he said.

Mr Neumann said Port Bouvard was experiencing record sales, driven by the increasing popularity of Mandurah as a lifestyle location. 

“Mandurah has a lot going for it; the beaches the lifestyle, the freeway with dual carriageway that goes all the way down to the Dawesville Channel and the Government commitment to the train going down to Mandurah,” he said.

The development was also well targeted, aimed as it was at the over 50s demographic, Mr Neumann said.

“We are targeting a large market that will continue to increase each year until the year 2021,” he said.

 “It is also an affluent market whose affluence will continue to increase up until 2008, after which time it falls away.”

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