Bigger not always better

By Katie McDonald Business News

22 June 2020

Bigger not always better
Katie McDonald [1]
Published: Monday, 22 June, 2020 - 15:56
Developers of smaller apartments projects across Perth say some of the state government’s recent measures to stimulate economic activity and employment in light of COVID-19 are good in theory, but may not meet expectations in practice. 
Among the measures is a streamlined assessment process for ‘significant developments’, defined as those projects with an estimated cost of at least $30 million or new residential buildings proposing more than 100 dwellings. 
Developer and architect Barry Baltinas hopes the approvals process for the smaller, high-end apartment projects he focuses on could also be streamlined. 
“These smaller projects can get off the ground very quickly, helping to create jobs and incomes for Perth families at a time when that is very much needed,” Mr Baltinas told Business News. 
“Now more than ever, buyers are putting their health and the health of their family in focus, and boutique living aligns with that.” 
Baltinas latest project, the $19 million Habitat Residences in Applecross, recently completed construction and features 14 apartments and two penthouses.
Mr Baltinas said the lack of shared facilities at the projects had proved to be a drawcard, particularly in recent weeks. 
“It not only means fewer maintenance costs, but brings fewer health implications, which is obviously top of mind for many buyers right now,” he said. 

“We’re seeing more activity in the market, in particular from those downsizers who have not been greatly impacted financially by recent events.” 

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