An artist’s impression of how Carousel would look if redevelopment plans go ahead. Carousel shortly before its last grand opening in 1999. Photo: Tony McDocough
Carousel could reclaim its crown as the biggest shopping complex in WA, if a state planning body this week gives it the green light to expand its floor space by more than 50 per cent.
Westfield Carousel’s $235 million expansion plans would see the floor space at the shopping centre in Cannington grow from 83,122 square metres to 130,230 square metres. It would include a child care centre, a health centre, office space, cafes and restaurants.
Carousel lost its mantle as the shopping mall king, after Joondallup Shopping Centre’s $300 million expansion saw its floor space grow to 96,000 square metres this year.
Garden City in Booragoon will wear the crown for a few years, with AMP Capital planning to spend $735 million on the centre, which will see its floor space expand to a whopping 120,000 square metres.
But Carousel will once again become the mall king of WA, if a development assessment panel on December 18 gives the expansion plans the nod.
Shoppers who can never find any parking bays at the gigantic shopping complex, will be rapt to know as part of the project an extra 1326 bays would be built, bringing the overall numbers up to 5626.
Cyclists will also find space to plonk their treadlies, with 269 bike bay planned, and 99 set aside for shop staffers.
City of Canning commissioner Steven Cole said the growth of Carousel was an important step in the sprucing-up of the city centre.
“The expansion of Westfield Carousel will be a significant factor in the shape and success of the city centre,” he said.
“It will add a level of dynamism to the area and help to bring the space to life.
“The revitalisation of the Canning City Centre will provide more diverse facilities and services for the community of the south-east corridor.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter
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