Perth city link: $158 million two-tower development project approved
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Perth city link: $158 million two-tower development project approved

The Perth city link will welcome its first residents in coming years after the state government approved a $150 million two-tower hotel and apartment development.

Developer Far East Consortium, the company behind the Ritz Carlton hotel in Elizabeth Quay, will bring a 32-storey mixed-use tower with 314 apartments and a 23-storey, 263-room, four-star Dorsett hotel to the precinct.

Far East Consortium will build two towers at the Perth city link.

Far East Consortium will build two towers at the Perth city link.

The development has spent four years in the pipeline but kept getting knocked back over design concerns.

The approved towers are several storeys above design guidelines for the area but were approved because the developer "creatively redistributed" the allowable floor space, which demonstrated design excellence.

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Far East Consortium WA manger Dan Sweet said the company made the towers more slender and set them further back from the podium and was relieved they finally secured approval.

The developers hope to kick off the tender process later this year, with construction anticipated to start by mid-2019.

The development was expected to house about 3000 people once fully developed and will include a tavern and restaurants on ground level.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti the city link project would create hundreds of jobs for Western Australians.

"As construction and development progress over coming years, we will see retail, hospitality and
hotel operations continue to boost the State’s economy," she said.

“Local, interstate and international visitors have Perth Arena and Yagan Square at their feet
with the added bonus of direct train services to key destinations. With new hotel options, this
will now be the ultimate destination for commuters and a popular weekender escape."

Far East Consortium have charge over several lots in the city link precinct which they dubbed the "Perth Hub".

Mr Sweet said they were also looking at bringing Chinatown across Roe Street for a unique food and beverage precinct.

"(We're looking at) some really interesting and quality food and beverage precincts that bleed Chinatown into the city and really capitalise on Northbridge as an entertainment precinct," he said.

He said they were also looking at more apartments, a small supermarket and potentially some offices if the office market recovered.

Hamish Hastie is a Fairfax Media business reporter writing from the WAtoday offices in Perth. He was raised in Armadale in Perth's south east and covered the area for four years at the Examiner Newspaper before a stretch writing for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA's business magazines.