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FREO HILTON DOUBLE TREE DEVELOPMENT STARTS THIS YEAR

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2018

 

The development of the Hilton Double Tree hotel and 99 residential apartments on the Point Street carpark site will commence in October this year, over a year earlier than the planned start in January 2020.

Fremantle Council had approved a delayed start by the SKS Land group to 2020, but the developers have now asked council to approve the earlier start.

SKS will build a two-level basement car park and demolish the multi-storey old carpark, but SKS have indicated that if the pre-sales for the apartments are slow they might want a one year break in construction.

While Fremantle council is not happy to lose the 326 car bays it has included a clause that if a one-year break is required the City can use the entire site for public parking.

It is a welcome step forward that SKS now want to starts this year, as there had been concerns that they might pull out of the development.

Roel Loopers

 

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  1. freoview said, on July 1, 2018 at 8:33 am

    No gain without pain.

    Roel

  2. Rob Fittock said, on July 1, 2018 at 6:33 am

    the majority of tradies have a bag or toolbox of heavy tools they use daily to offload and remove from site at the end of their work day so have a little patience if they double park for a short time or take closeby parking bays and the head contractors are always aware to keep the disruption to residents, pedestrians and motorists at a minimum

  3. freoishome said, on June 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Jacob and Roel, my comment had nothing whatever to do with the need of workers to avail themselves of food and drink, etc. But, you only have to look at the constant upheaval the Quarry St developments and similar large buildings at Coogee marine, has experienced for 2 years plus, where there have been large buildings, that require hundreds of trucks, 4WD, mostly with just one contractor. They all want to be adjacent to the development. They double park, spend much of the day using multiple ways to get around parking restrictions, yes they certainly fill side streets, the streets where locals live and habituate.

    Yes, it impacts the availability of parking, not that it is my point. Much more is the impacts on the permanent residents and businesses. Not only will they have to suffer, noise, sand, more sand, builders rubbish, traffic control, workers looking for some place to smoke, eat, swear, and your garden wall like the ideal spot, but you will difficulty getting into your property, your friend, additional cars, visitors won’t be able to use their normal parking, etc.

    I don’t live in the CBD, so it is no skin of my nose! But, I witness the nuisance, and feel for those who have to suffer it everyday, for month after month.
    Paul

  4. freoview said, on June 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Agreed Jacob, and they also buy food, coffee, etc.

    Roel

  5. Jacob said, on June 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Construction workers work during the week when car parking in Freo is abundant. They park in off-street car parks and pay fees to the council for the privilege. I fail to see the issue here, perhaps I’m missing something?

  6. freoview said, on June 28, 2018 at 8:38 am

    That is always going to be a worry Paul, and it is quite naive to believe that there will be car pooling. I wonder if a shuttle bus could be provided with parking offered somewhere a bit out of the CBD, e.g. Fremantle Park for the tradies during construction.

    Roel

  7. freoview said, on June 28, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Yes and it looks like the development of the Little Lane down the road on the Spotlight site might start next year as well.

    Roel

  8. freoishome said, on June 28, 2018 at 8:26 am

    An obvious and continuing issue is the parking needed by developers. They rarely seem to provide parking facilities for their workers vehicles, either onsite or out of town and bus them in. But the impact on the City centre, its businesses, guests and residents is significant and lasts for a very long time, 1 year+.

    A common excuse is prospective owners don’t like to see tyre marks on the new building’s concrete floor, and we can’t use it until every safety requirement is met, often the final stage of development. Yet they still use these spaces, just not for vehicles.

    Can this issue be addressed by CoF? Can’t they included contractor parking needs within the conditions?
    Paul

  9. SeanH said, on June 28, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Hi Roel,
    This is good news. Fremantle will be a bit of a building site in the short to medium term but in the long term should prove an upside.


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