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FREMANTLE SWAMPED BY UGLINESS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, fremantle, western australia by freoview on September 29, 2016

Fremantle is in danger of being swamped by ugliness and becoming a city with a split personality. At one end of town we have the gorgeous heritage West End, but at the other end we are getting boring bland mediocrity and ugly modern buildings in the East End that don’t reference Fremantle’s character and show little to no respect for Freo’s heritage and lifestyle.

We need to start a Keep Freo Fantastic! campaign to encourage our Councillors and planning staff to tighten the screws and put new rules in place which will stop the cheap blandness developers propose for the east of the CBD.

There is nothing outstanding about the Defence Housing project on Queen Victoria Street, and just down the road the development next to St Pats, approved by the State DAP, is even worse.

Go further west and the mediocre Hilton Doubletree hotel will pop up in a few years time and only a hundred metres west from that the ugly eight-storey building on the former Spotlight site at Adelaide Street is up for approval.

The very worst of all development proposals for the CBD will come to Council soon in the form of an utterly disgraceful five-storey building proposal at Mills Records in Adelaide Street at Kings Square. This is such outrageous ugliness that the City of Fremantle should kick it out and not even let the Design Advisory Panel look at it and suggest improvements, because it is impossible to improve shit even when you spray it with French perfume.

I support infill and higher density in appropriate locations in Fremantle but I will strongly fight any proposals that show absolute disregard for Fremantle’s beauty and heritage!  We need to urgently get new planning rules to stop Freo being swamped by architectural shit!

Roel Loopers

Queen Victoria:Beach Street

Freo Hilton Hotel 52 Adelaide Street

Queen Victoria Street development

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  1. Rob said, on October 1, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Roel, Fremantle is not overly expensive if you look around. There are apartments within walking distance of the City centre for just over $200k, about $195 per week repayments to the bank. Add a few extra bucks for council rates and strata and you still have a pretty cheap option. For a couple thats under $100 each. Great starting point and lifestyle if your dream is to live in Fremantle. I think people just love saying ;Freo is too expensive,

  2. freoview said, on September 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    We agree to disagree then, Jackson.

    Roel

  3. Jackson said, on September 30, 2016 at 10:26 am

    The last two developments look fantastic in my opinion

  4. freoview said, on September 30, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I did that a few months ago, Sam with an example of seven-storey residential in Europe.

    I do understand it is about the triple bottom line for developers and about affordability for buyers and inner city Fremantle, as the rest of our city, is never going to be cheap compared to Highgate or Mt Hawthorn, etc.

    Even now many homebuyers do find Freo too expensive and the issue with that is a change in demographics as artists, wharfies(the few that are left) and lower income earners can’t afford to buy or rent in Fremantle where even a granny flat is about $ 250 a week.

    Roel

    Roel

  5. Sam said, on September 29, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Roel, would you be able to post some pictures of the type of development you would like to see more of in Fremantle? Unfortunately not every development can be of the same standard as the MSC offices or use an old building like Heirloom apartments – and if they were then new housing would be horribly unaffordable.

    I’m a big fan of good design, but I think we need to be careful not to set the standard so high that no one can afford to buy these new apartments. We need to get the balance right

  6. Malcolm Reynolds said, on September 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Unfortunately, where there is a buck to be made the developers really don’t care that much about heritage and lifestyle.

  7. Caroline said, on September 29, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Keep Ugly Boxes out of Freo KUBOOF


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