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28 July 2014

The changing face of Roe Street

  • Chinatown

Roe Street has had a colourful history and is now being revived again as part of the Perth City Link project.

Roe Street is one of the oldest streets in Perth. But its fortunes have waxed and waned as Perth has grown up around it and the rail lines cut the city in two.

Now, the Perth City Link project is becoming a catalyst for the renewal of an area.

The new Roe Street temporary bus station is bringing more people to the street. On its doorstep, a revitalised Chinatown is experiencing a renaissance of its own courtesy of a $2million makeover by the State Government, in collaboration with the City of Perth, land and business owners.

There’s plenty of excitement from local businesses about the boon that the connection between the CBD and Northbridge will bring. Prominent restaurateur Clint Nolan recently opened his third Perth restaurant on Roe Street, Pleased to Meet You, which is testament to the new opportunities on offer when the long-awaited connections between the CBD and Northbridge are delivered.

Another recent addition was the $93million Perth Police Centre on the corner of Roe and Fitzgerald Streets, which opened in July 2013 and houses 500 officers and support staff.

These developments join the $90million State Theatre Centre of WA, which opened in 2011 on the corner of Roe and William streets.

All of these changes are part of a maturing and evolving Northbridge, with new cafes, bars, shops, restaurants and vibrant public spaces encouraging people to rediscover this area.

As the northern edge of Perth City Link, Roe Street will be upgraded and transformed to provide an attractive tree lined streetscape for cyclists and pedestrians.

New low-rise developments of around six stories on the southern side will feature apartments and offices on the upper floors and a vibrant street scene at ground level with shops, restaurants, cafes, small bars and alfresco dining.