The initial stages of Geraldton’s newest and exciting development have begun with site works commencing on the Batavia Coast Marina stage two Station Square.
Stage two of the Batavia Coast Marina development will see the addition of Station Square which will be situated on the stretch of land behind the old Railway Station, between Chapman Road and Foreshore Drive, and Forrest and Bayly Street.
Station Square will feature a vibrant mixed-use plaza which will offer a new meeting destination and a range of activities including shops, eateries, public space, play and entertainment areas.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the new development not only opens up very exciting investment opportunities but is introducing another great open space for the Geraldton community.
“This is a huge development and having another shared open space will be a great addition to our City,” he said.
“Remediation works have begun on the site this week and we have seen artist’s impressions of what the new space is set to look like and it has definitely got the community buzzing.
“We know how much potential this land has and our community is about to see the start of a very exciting venture.”
Phase one of Station Square is expected to see 19 lots developed which includes a range of mixed use lots, residential apartments and single residential lots. An extension of Museum Place will also be constructed which will include a colonnade styled walkway and public car park.
The project is part of the Batavia Coast Marina development, which is being progressed in partnership between the City, LandCorp and the Mid West Development Commission, with a funding contribution from Royalties for Regions.
Batavia Coast Marina Stage 1 was completed in 2000 and saw the completion of waterfront promenades and boardwalks, linking the waterfront to the heart of the city. It also included 10 mixed residential and commercial lots, The Western Australian Museum Mid West Gallery and a hotel site.
“The Batavia Coast Marina development is part of the City’s Foreshore Redevelopment project,” Mayor Van Styn said.
“We all know how much our beautiful Foreshore it utilised and most recently we’ve seen the addition of the Esplanade, the Youth Precinct and the Multi User Facility which will be opened in the near future.
“We have such an amazing coastline and we want to showcase it the best we possibly can, not just for tourism but for our community to enjoy.”
LandCorp chief executive officer Frank Marra said the Station Square redevelopment would transform the disused six hectare site into a prime destination for residents and visitors to meet and socialise, supported by accommodation and a range of commercial opportunities such as shops and eateries.
“In our experience, the best outcomes for a city and its residents are achieved when Government and local authorities work together to deliver the right balance of economic, social and environmental benefits,” Mr Marra said.
“The Batavia Coast Marina redevelopment, together with its new Station Square, aims to offer the Mid West region an iconic destination that will meet the needs of the community for generations to come.”
In preparation for civil works and construction of Batavia Coast Marina stage two, contractors have been on site from Monday 22 February to complete additional remediation works.
Activity will be restricted to between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and temporary fencing will be installed around the works area.
The works are scheduled to take approximately eight weeks to complete and will prepare the Station Square at Batavia Coast Marina site for the phase one subdivision and roads/drainage construction in mid 2016.
For more information you can visit http://www.landcorp.com.au/Industrial-and-Commercial/Batavia-Coast-Marina/