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Redevelopment plans unveiled

PLANS for a $35 million redevelopment above the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel in Northbridge have been released.

Called Northbridge, The Project, the concept plan for the twenty-seven hectares above the tunnel includes residential, commercial and entertainment areas.

Planning Minister Graham Kierath said the five-year project would also provide public open space and green space.

“In making these changes, I believe it will be a top priority to preserve the vibrant atmosphere of Northbridge, its heritage, its ambience and to undertake the improvements with full community consultation,” Mr Kierath said.

“Emphasising residential and mixed use, it will place restrictions on land directly over the tunnel and provide a mix of property types and densities.”

Building densities will range from R80/100, which is the prevailing density to the north within the Town of Vincent, to R160 which is the density currently applied to Northbridge by the City of Perth.

In all, seventy-nine new lots will be created on the land which will house approximately 1,200 new residents in 460 residences.

More than 70,000 square metres of additional office, retail and commercial floorspace will also be created along with an estimated 3,000 new employees in the area.

In addition to the money spent by EPRA, a further $200 million will be injected into the development of the area by private developers.

The Lake Street Piazza will be expanded to about the size of Forrest Place and a cultural piazza created in the WA Museum precinct.

Aberdeen Street is expected to become a greenway with widened footpaths, trees and street furniture.

Mr Kierath said the old, heritage-listed cottages on Aberdeen Street would be renovated.

“Ongoing discussions will take place with the Heritage Council in order to achieve a balanced outcome while preserving Northbridge’s rich cultural heritage,” he said.

Public land over the tunnel has been given to the East Perth Redevelopment Authority which was charged with managing and marketing the project in December.

The concept plan will be open to public comment for three months.

Residential land in the area will be sold by public auction, public tender and private sales. The first lots are expected to be on the market in February.

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