Lyric Lane Theatre in line for $30m redevelopment


The old Lyric Lane Theatre building and revamped laneway in Maylands could be in for a major redevelopment into a community hub with apartments, shops and eateries.

Australian Development Capital has submitted a development application to the City of Bayswater for its $30 million plans to build 52 apartments, commercial spaces, a green pocket park and a piazza.

Other proposed features include ground floor commercial tenancies, two levels of heritage-character style residences, four levels of contemporary apartments, a communal barbecue and dining area, outdoor lounge and seating, solar panels and waterwise fixtures.

The proposed redevelopment will front Eighth Avenue with the back facing Lyric Lane, which is home to bistro and music venue Lyric Lane, Rossonero Pizzeria and Seasonal Brewing Co.

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, ADC development manager Nick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer, Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell and Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis in Lyric Lane.
Camera IconHenry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, ADC development manager Nick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer, Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell and Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis in Lyric Lane. Credit: Kristie Lim

The soon-to-be vacated BWS site will be occupied with a local operator by December and be relocated inside Lyric Lane once the development is completed.

As the landlord, ADC is in talks with Henry on Eighth, Milk’d and NTY Real Estate on Eighth Avenue on how they would be incorporated within the development.

ADC director Rod Hamersley said the project was a “game changer” for the area, and would set a benchmark for Maylands and the Eighth Avenue precinct.

“It’s fantastic for us to be able to work with a landmark site in Maylands, and give it a new lease on life,” he said.

“While decades of renovations and works have left very few significant internal heritage elements, the unique character and history of the former Lyric Theatre building is something we’ll be incorporating and celebrating with the redevelopment – and we’ve engaged heritage specialist Griffiths Architects to work with us on the project to ensure that is captured.”

Development manager Nick King said he was excited to leverage off the existing businesses’ success, bring more people to the area and create a destination for people to hang out, do business and live.

“We don’t see anything happening in the short-term, we don’t know if the market is quite there yet but we are looking at something at commencing in 2022,” he said.

An artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment.
Camera IconAn artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment. Credit: Klopper & Davis Architects

Businesses including Lyric Lane, Rossonero Pizzeria, Seasonal Brewing Co and Henry on Eighth welcomed the proposal as they believe it would bring more people and investment to Maylands and help decrease anti-social behaviour.

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell said in 2017, he was worried Maylands was starting to stagnate but it later found an “upward curve”.

“It is critical that there is continued investment in the area as well because Maylands has been that in some ways, a flagship for the City of Bayswater for a while now,” he said.

“It is good to see that we now have outside investment coming in, some real effort put into the area.

“My only hope for Maylands is that it retains its authenticity as well, which I think with the right people involved it will.”

Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Ruyter said the redevelopment of the space was going to “liven up” the area.

Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis said when he visited Maylands when he was younger, it was “never the cleanest or safest” place but progressively it had become more “family orientated”.

“I think over the years, there has been a direction in putting Maylands as a destination and putting it on the map…this (redevelopment) solidifies it as it,” he said.

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis, ADC development manager Kick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer and Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell in Lyric Lane.
Camera IconHenry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis, ADC development manager Kick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer and Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell in Lyric Lane. Credit: Kristie Lim

Seasonal Brewing Co owner Nick Southwell said the redevelopment would transform the aesthetics of the area and make it attractive for locals, “out-of-towners”, new businesses and developers.

“I have been living locally for six years…I remember it being a nice little community with a couple of spots that are really nice but now it has become my favourite place to go out,” he said.

There will be no change to the current vehicle movement down Lyric Lane.

The Wilson carpark next to BWS will be closed to make way for Lyric Theatre Residences, but new commercial and retail parking will be provided in the development in line with City of Bayswater planning requirements.

There will be a community information session held at Rossonero Pizzeria on November 23, from to 6pm at Rossonero Pizzeria in Lyric Lane.

An artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment.
Camera IconAn artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment. Credit: Klopper & Davis Architects

The proposal will also be up for public advertising on the Engage Bayswater website this month.

It will then be considered by the council in early 2021.

If approved, relocation of some tenants, demolition of existing buildings and retention of heritage elements and construction are expected to start in mid-2022.

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Southern suburbs couple claim WA’s biggest Lotto win for 2020


A southern suburbs couple has collected WA’s biggest Lotto prize for 2020, claiming a division one win in last night’s $30 million OZ Lotto jackpot.

Their ticket is now worth a whopping $7.5 million.

After seeing on the news that the winning ticket was sold at Nova Newsagency in Perth, the wife “had a feeling” it could be them.

“I enjoy EVERY day”: WA Lotto winner tells all

The Hay Street store is where she buys their weekly tickets.

“My wife said she was going to stop buying OZ Lotto and Powerball and just buy Saturday Lotto, because we’d had a run of numbers nowhere close to winning,” the husband said.

“I told her to hold off on that for now – and two weeks later, we won.”

In his 60s, the retired driver said the win would not change their lives but would significantly change the lives of their family and friends.

“They’ll all get a substantial amount, but for now just my wife and I will celebrate by having a drink on the deck at Coco’s,” he said.

Lotterywest spokesperson Hermione Coleman said it was heartwarming to hear the winnings would be shared.

“It’s a common story with our winners that family and friends also benefit from a Lotto win,” she said.

“As well as our winners sharing their financial joy, $1.5 million was raised during Oz Lotto’s jackpot run, which will go towards supporting the WA community.”

The ticket was one of four that matched up the seven winning numbers across the nation and was the largest OZ Lotto win for WA this calendar year after a man won $5.8 million in a July draw.

WA players have another chance to win big in next weekend’s Million Yeah Saturday where up to 10 players can win $1 million.



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