Freo's View

FREMANTLE REACHING THE POINT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 30, 2012

News that the tender for the redevelopment of the City of Fremantle Point Street car park will be signed next week, open up very good opportunities for the City to insist on outstanding architectural design and building quality, not just complying with a five star green rating. If council allows a mediocre building to be erected on the site adjacent to historic Princess May Park for the sake to get quick development done, it will lose all credibility. I for one look forward to getting rid of the ugly car park and revitalisation of Princess May Park.

Harbour Theatre have been told they still got another year at the former cinema building and that is probably a realistic time to draw up plans for the area.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Craig White said, on November 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Should be good for that end of the city. Do hope that residents (parking passes) who utilise the Point Street parking, will be given new alternatives when it is gone !?

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  2. freoishome said, on November 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I agree with Roel’s comments about starting the revitalisation project. I am very concerned that the City will sell the property. This particular property because it is the only one in Amendment 49 that is adjacent to Princess May Park.

    This is a key bulding for not just its own sake, but also as the potential linking building to the park from the rest of Amendment 49.

    The models created by the architects and their students at the end of the Amendment 49 process, really took that aspect to heart, with a gorge like pathway winding from Point St through the buildings centre to the southern side of the park, was very creative. The inspiration for that coming our Gorges up north. The shape opened up the centre of the block to the natural northern sunlight, so that it would not be a dark, sombre and hence potentially dingy and dangerous passageway.

    Selling it takes the control for the design out of the hands of the community, and into the unknown world of planning control by appeals processes!

    Paul

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