Construction work on a new shopping centre in Port Coogee is .expected within months following a strong response to calls for expressions of interest to lease specialist shops and retail outlets at the centre.
Lease Equity managing director Jim Tsagalis said he had received 50 submissions from retailers keen to be a part of the development after it was confirmed a full-range Woolworths supermarket would be the anchor tenant.
"A major national pharmacy has recently committed, and negotiations are near final for a newsagent," Mr Tsagalis said.
"Remaining tenancies are expected to be filled quickly, though it is critical that retailers align with the project vision."
Australand general manager WA Tony Perrin said the developer was in the process of tendering for the building works and he anticipated construction would start mid-year, with the centre opening in mid-2016.
"The shopping centre is the centrepiece of the Marina Village and will offer the community the conveniences of a full-line Woolworths, a pharmacy, newsagent and ancillary specialty stores,"
Mr Perrin said. "But it will also become the heart of activity, supporting festivities and restaurants on the waterfront."
Located on the corner of Orsino Boulevard and the future Calypso Parade in the Port Coogee Marina Village precinct, the $21.4 million shopping centre will have 4430sqm of floor space and basement parking for 188 cars.
Street access at Orsino Boulevard and Calypso Parade has been designed to activate street frontages and provide safe and convenient access for shoppers.
Taylor Robinson Architects director Graham Taylor said an important aspect of the design was the integration of the centre with Port Coogee.
"The facade treatments and streetscape interface have been considered so as to create an environment that is welcoming and inviting at the pedestrian level," Mr Taylor said.
The external design treatments offer the building a local shopping feel and are complemented inside the centre with stone tiling, feature ceilings and skylights.