Plans to build a shopping center at the former Atlantis Marine Park site in Two Rocks, with the heritage-listed King Neptune looking on, have been submitted for comment.
The proposal south of Two Rocks Mall includes a Woolworths supermarket and BWS liquor store, three specialty retail rentals and a cafe, as well as a store or office at the corner of Lisford Avenue and the future main road Azzurra Street.
According to a report by Urbis, the vision is to develop a premier site within downtown Two Rocks that is “contemporary while being respectful in scale and taking into account the history of the region and the region. local coastal context ”.
“The development will help activate the Two Rocks Marina and be a catalytic development within downtown Two Rocks,” he said.
Local resident Allan Shuttleton is campaigning against the proposal, saying the scale and design are not compatible with surrounding developments and will have a negative impact on nearby residents, including “light pollution, increased traffic and view restriction “.
He also said the development was within 200m of Two Rocks Marina and failed to “recognize and develop its potential as a unique tourist destination” or “preserve the unique historical and heritage value. ” of the region.
According to the Urbis report, the ancient site of Atlantis Marine Park and the sculpture of King Neptune are both on the city’s heritage list and are also being assessed for inclusion in the state register.
However, early guidance suggests that “shape and scale are favorable to the existing shopping district and landscape, with proper links to the sculpture of King Neptune to ensure it retains its iconic qualities.”
“There will be other opportunities to integrate the history of the site through the detailed design phase through public art and the like,” he said.
Mr Shuttleton said consideration of any development application should be “suspended until there is a determination of heritage status”.
“It is a site of immense historical importance and should be protected as such,” he said.
According to the Urbis report, the 1.69 ha site is “largely cleared with some remains of vegetation”.
The community is invited to give its opinion on the plans, the consultation period being extended by one week, until December 24, at waneroo.wa.gov.au.
The comments will then be included in the City’s report to the evaluation committee for the joint exterior development of the metro, which is the decision-maker.
The Atlantis Marine Park, which was built in 1981, was intended to be a major tourist attraction. However, it closed in 1990 due to financial difficulties and has since been abandoned.
Since then, the site has been “largely cleared and intended for redevelopment”.