Commercial property development at vacant Perth site
Perth City Council has approved development plans for a prime CBD location that has been vacant since 1994.
The local authority reported on Friday (November 11) that the Mounts Bay Road site, which faces the bus port, will become part of the City Square development, which is currently under construction.
Lisa Scaffidi, lord mayor of Perth, said that the development will contribute much-needed office space in the area formerly occupied by the old Newspaper House complex until the mid-1990s.
"The council welcomes this private development, which will transform an eyesore into an active city locality," Scaffidi said.
She added that the 17-storey building is being designed with pedestrians in mind and pointed out that its ground-level aspects will be "visually appealing".
In addition to commercial office space, the new tower will also be home to a ground-level dining or retail tenancy - and a civic plaza will be built south of the city's new BHP tower.
As part of its commitment to the environment during the 2011-12 financial year, Perth City Council has outlined its green priorities, which include improve the climate resilience of buildings in the WA capital.