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TWIGGY BUYS FREO’S ORIENT HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2018

 

Orient

 

Andrew-Twiggy Forrest’s Minderoo Group has purchased the historic Fremantle Orient Hotel in the West End of the port city.

This can be seen as a show of confidence in Freo’s future, so it will be interesting to see what they plan to do with the heritage listed building.

Will the backpackers stay or will the company develop the building into a boutique hotel?

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ESPLANADE HOTEL FOR SALE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, esplanade, hospitality, hotel, property, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 2, 2018

 

Fremantle’s iconic Esplanade Hotel is for sale! The historic hotel which opened in 1897 is on the market and is expected to attract offers of around $ 110 million.

The  300 room hotel was sold by long-time owner Marylyn New only six years ago in 2012 for just $ 90 million.

The Esplanade Hotel  has been refurbished and restored and is receiving most of its revenue from tourist accommodation and conferences.

It is being sold with a 3043sqm site opposite the hotel at 7 Essex Street, that has 172 parking bays, and a 78sqm leased retail tenancy and a 314sqm office.

I am not sure if Marine House, opposite the hotel, has been sold yet. It was put on the market about half a year ago.

CBRE’s Aaron Desange, Ryan McGinnity and Chloe Mason have been appointed to sell the hotel, so if you got a hundred million dollars under the bed, contact them.

 

Roel Loopers

PROGRESS AT THE FREMANTLE SYNAGOGUE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 11, 2018

 

synagogue

 

I am delighted to see this sign stating that the former synagogue building on the corner of Parry Street and South Terrace is now under contract.

The site behind the building was going to be developed into short stay tourist accommodation but heritage issues arose and the owners left the partly developed site unattended for a long time now.

It will be great to see it used again. Hopefully soon!

By the way, City of Fremantle, what is happening with the Evan Davies building in the former KULCHA spot above the Dome cafe? Restaurant development there was approved by council months ago, but nothing appears to happen. What’s going on?

Roel Loopers

 

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

 

WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY GAIN FROM HIGHER DENSITY?

 

A new report by the Property Council of Australia appears to contradict the push for small houses and backyard infill by the City of Fremantle.

Hap-hazard low-density infill presents a major obstacle to coordinated and strategic development, the report claims. It suggests that to prevent this kind of on the hop development councils should introduce a minimum size of 1,200sqm blocks for development.

The report argues that people need to acknowledge that they are getting better outcomes from high-density development, but that shows not to be the case here in Fremantle, where nothing or very little is added to the public realm near medium and high-density new apartment blocks. Where are the new parks, grassed areas, community spaces, children’s playgrounds?

According to the report Perth will have 4 million residents by 2050, with many living in  apartments and townhouses near transport hubs and using trains for transport.

It will be interesting in this context to hear Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt speak about the lessons we can learn from Singapore at the next Fremantle Network event at the National Hotel, coming Tuesday at 6pm.

Roel Loopers

NEW FREMANTLE DIFFERENTIAL RATE FOR B&B

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 15, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is canvassing home owners about charging a differential rate for their homes that are being used as Bed&Breakfast short stay residential accommodation.

The differential rate proposed by Fremantle Council would see an average rate increase of $ 195.00 per year for those who use their property for tourist accommodation.

If this affects you, contact 9432 9999 for more information or/and go to http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/strategicdocuments.

Any comments should be sent to the CEO, City of Fremantle. PO Box 807. Fremantle 6959 by the end of business hours today.

I only received the letter of the City of Fremantle, dated June 8, yesterday June 14, so that gives my property owner no time at all to write to the CEO.

Roel Loopers

EARLY START FOR FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL

 

If approved by Fremantle Council the construction of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel and 99 residential apartments will already start in October this year, and not as planned in January 2020.

The SKS Land group, which owns the site, has applied to start Stage 1 in October, which would see the demolition of the multi-storey Point Street car park and the new ground level car park next to it.

Just over a year ago in April 2017 Council approved the application by SKS for a two year extension for the commencement of the development and created a ground-level carpark, but now SKS wants to immediately start with the demolition and excavation, to construct a two-storey basement car park and the ground level slab.

If the pre-sale target for the 99 apartments is reached the entire development will start, but if not there could be a one year pause in construction.

The development commencement would also force the relocation of Circus WA.

I believe it is very good news that SKS wants to start the development 15 months earlier, but believe they should pay compensation for the exterior painting of the multi-storey carpark and the cost of the construction of the ground-level carpark to the City of Fremantle.

The early construction will not only mean that Fremantle will lose over 300 car bays but also that the City will in 2019 lose out on $ 114,000 in parking fees from the site.

Fremantle is in urgent need of more tourist accommodation and with the Woolstores development on halt it would be positive if the Hilton Doubletree Hotel was erected sooner than planned, but the possible one-year pause if pre-sale targets are not met is a worry.

The request will go before the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council this coming Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LITTLE LANE CBD LIVING

 

Little Lane development

 

The YOLK group has started the sale of new 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments of its Little Lane development on the former Spotlight building site next to Target in Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

The seven-storey building will have residential apartments above a retail and cafe hub that will modernise and revitalise the run down Westgate Mall.

There are also plans for the development of the Woolstores shopping centre site and for a Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site, which will reinvigorate the lacklustre east of the Freo CBD

Roel Loopers

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ROOFTOP BAR FOR NATIONAL HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2018

 

National

 

Good to see that the Fremantle National Hotel will become even better with a new rooftop bar and 12 luxury hotel rooms on the top floor.

If all goes to plan they will open in September this year.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE MARINE HOUSE FOR SALE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2018

 

Marine House

 

The beautiful Marine House on the corner of Essex Street and Marine Terrace, opposite the Esplanade Hotel, is for sale.

This would be a good location and opportunity for the hotel to expand and put more hotel rooms in the building.

Staff of the Marine and Harbours Department will be relocated from Marine House to Kings Square by the end of 2019, once the Sirona Capital development has been completed.

Roel Loopers

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