A sprawling, sleepy suburban shopping centres whose biggest offering for three decades has been a Coles and a Kmart is being transformed into Perth’s latest “town centre” complete with a mega-mall, apartments, and a family entertainment precinct.
Kardinya Park is a utilitarian centre with no frills, but not for long! With its prominent spot at the South Street-North Lake Road intersection, the closeness of the activity hub formed by Murdoch University and Fiona Stanley Hospital, is seeing a $750 million upgrade and revamp nearby Garden City in Kardinya Park. The development will include a cinema adjoining 12-storey apartment building, public plaza, a dining precinct and 21,000 square meters of retail space for additional supermarkets, a public pool and rock-climbing walls. In addition, the space will accommodate a wellness precinct, equipped with medical, dental, diagnostics and veterinary clinics, as well as a childcare center.
The plans reflect multiple trends in Perth’s retail and urban development. The first, to surround retail redevelopments with high-density urban infill projects, in line with state planning strategy to build more homes close to major roads, public transport links and high-activity areas.
Kardinya Park wishes for the development to be a family-friendly destination, combining the traditional charms of hassle-free parking with the kind of entertainment, recreation and dining options.
The Kardinya Park project is also an example of the growing hand developers can take in planning matters in Perth, as they have for some years now been able to propose precinct rezoning plans to the WA Planning Commission to up-zone areas wider than their immediate development sites.
The City of Melville has opened the plans for public comment until January 31. Pending approval, the developer hopes to begin earthworks in May and building in June, with an anticipated completion date of July 2022.