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DEVELOPMENT A GOOD MATCH FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government by freoview on September 30, 2015

I am not sure at all that the residents of North Fremantle near McCabe Street are going to like this, but the headquarters of the Mediterranean Shipping Company at 15 McCabe Street is for sale. The real estate agent says the 1690 sqm. site has “significant redevelopment appeal” so maybe the locals there are in for another battle to stop highrise buildings in the area.

The MSC staff will relocate to their new building in Cliff Street later this year, and that is a welcome development for the West End of Fremantle and no doubt good for the cafes along High Street.

Another development will be going ahead in the centre of Fremantle soon, with Council giving approval to the Match group to redevelop the former Energy Museum site at Parry Street.

The heritage-listed building will be developed into a Bread in Common-style food and beverage venue and behind it a four-storey apartment building will be built that will house forty 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. I hope the apartment building will compliment the heritage building with good matching design and not negatively overshadow it.

I am not sure if the initial idea to also have a micro brewery on site has been dropped after protest from residents and St Patrick’s so stay tuned.

I believe a Bread in Common style venue would be great for the East of the CBD and will become a real attraction for the hundreds of people who will move into the area once the Heirloom development is finished in 2017. It would fit in well with the Hilton hotel development, the upgrade of Princess May Park and new tenants for the former FTI building.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and published by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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  1. freoview said, on September 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    If it is a Bread in Common-style restaurant a micro brewery would not be suitable.

    Roel

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  2. Mark said, on September 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    So does that mean the micro brewery is off, or is it a micro brewery dressed-up/pretending to be a restaurant.

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  3. freoview said, on September 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Yes, but we know that it takes the toss of a coin to rezone. ; >(

    Roel

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  4. Lionel said, on September 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Don’t think old MSC has the zoning to be high rise.

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