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Rethink on tavern plan

THE contentious site of the proposed Subiaco tavern is to become the home of a three-storey commercial building.

The site had previously been slated by the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority to house a two-storey tavern, with rights to develop the tavern granted to successful pub operator Sonje Gastevich, pending the outcome of a liquor licence application.

But earlier this year the Liquor Licensing Court rejected the application, stating that it believed noise levels from the yet-to-be-developed tavern would exceed environmental protection standards and affect neighbours. This decision came despite the fact that Ms Gastevich had followed the development guidelines of the SRA and gained initial approval from the City of Subiaco.

This process is understood to have cost the tavern developers up to $100,000.

Site owners, joint venture group Blackburne Real Estate, Stockland Trust Group and Rockingham Park, are now proceeding with plans to develop a three-storey commercial building on the site and will launch an expression of interest campaign within the month.

Blackburne and Joyce sales and marketing manager Paul Blackburne said the top two levels would be office space, while the ground floor could become a commercial tenancy, either to be sub-divided into shop fronts or to be developed into a tavern. 

“We are not going to do the sale of the ground floor conditional on securing a liquor licence,” he said.

The site in question is located within the grass reserve adjoining Subiaco railway station and Subiaco Mayor Tony Costa said he was personally opposed to any development on the site and preferred it remain open public space.

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