Cbus Property’s retail village in Perth, 140, is set to be transformed into an urban village of bars and restaurants connected by laneways and meeting places following lodgement of a Development Application (DA) with the City of Perth.

Inspired by Melbourne’s inner city laneway culture, 140 will offer dining options alongside a number of national retail outlets.

Under the proposed changes 140 will feature commissioned eclectic and bespoke artworks from a variety of local artists to further cement 140 as an enticing CBD destination with cutting-edge style and personality in its retail, commercial and lifestyle offerings.

140 general manager Andrew Taylor said the DA proposed the alteration of a number of architectural elements of the building to create a well-connected and enticing space with increased light and a strengthened structure of laneways and public spaces.

“Together with Cbus Property, our challenge is to create a more accessible and inviting retail and dining destination at 140,” he said..

“Redevelopment will attract more people to 140 and the Perth CBD to experience the cosmopolitan laneway culture. The existing heritage buildings will provide the perfect backdrop for the engaging artworks, making 140 the place to visit in Perth.”

A decision on the DA is expected from the City of Perth by late November 2012. Pending approval, construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.