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NOTRE DAME PLANS FOR NEW HIGH STREET BUILDING

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, notre dame univesrity by freoview on October 3, 2016

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Fremantle Notre Dame University is holding an information session next Monday, October 10 for local residents and businesses about plans for a new building at 3-5 High Street on the corner of Cliff Street. It is at 3.30 pm at Fairweathers, the former Fremantle Hotel. RSVP essential: fremantle.events@nd.edu.au

I wished everyone who wants to develop a substantial building in the inner city would make the effort of connecting with the local community at the early planning stage, as UNDA is doing. Last year they had the first info session telling locals they were planning the development and now they want to update us about where they are at. This enables everyone to work together to get the best possible outcome, instead of being presented with final plans where the community often becomes reactive and negative.

The vacant lot has been a bit of an eyesore for years and a new building there will also cover up the back of very ugly number one High Street, where they only left the beautiful former tram building facade.

It will be interesting to see the design of the building after the recent opening of the daring MSC building at Cliff Street by Murray Slavin Architects. The streetscape aspect is very important on that corner opposite the former Fremantle Hotel and in front of the ‘Wedding Wall’ which will be retained, I have been told.

The university is also keen to get street level activation and is considering a theatre and cafe at ground level of the building.

Roel Lopers

 

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