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COLOURFUL AND COZY SOUTH FREO ACCOMMODATION

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2020

 

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One of the businesses the creative trio of Ingrid Waltham, Saffi Ali and I helped out to kickstart their business is the MOSAIC CARRIAGE tourist accommodation at 362 South Terrace in South Fremantle.

It is a cozy and very colourful old train carriage with lots of mosaic art all around, so a perfect hideaway if one wants to enjoy the South Freo ambience.

Book through AirB&B or check out their Facebook page.

Roel Loopers

 

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WA SUPPORT FOR TENANTS AND LANDLORDS

 

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This is not a pause on rent over this period. If a tenant can’t pay their rent, they will still have to pay it later.

But the measures to help landlords and tenants through these challenging and uncertain times include:

1. A moratorium on eviction for six months. There will be exceptions in limited circumstances.

2. A ban on rent increases during the State of Emergency period.

3. Providing that any fixed term tenancy agreement due to expire during the State of Emergency period will continue as a periodic agreement.

4. Relieving lessors of the obligation to conduct ordinary repairs if the reason they cannot do so is COVID-19 related financial hardship or a lawful restriction on movement.

5. Enabling a tenant to end a fixed term tenancy prior to its end date without incurring break lease fees. Tenants will still be liable for damage and rent arrears.

The laws will apply equally to tenants in public and private housing, park homes as well as boarders and lodgers.

We are all in this together, and I urge landlords and tenants to talk to each other and work out a way forward.

For more information visit the Consumer Protection website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/…/covid-19-coronavirus-consu…

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DISABLED FRIENDLY LITTLE LANE DEVELOPMENT

 

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I am delighted to hear that the Little Lane residential development on the former Fremantle Spotlight site in Adelaide Street will have ten apartments for people with a disability.

Not for profit organisation Summer Housing intends to have 300 rental units for people with a disability by 2020 in Fremantle, Subiaco and Joondalup, and Little Lane is one of them.

Summer Housing buys 11 apartments in luxury residential buildings, and modifies only one bedroom in each unit to suit disabled people. One apartment is for a support worker to live on site to assist the disabled people in the 10 apartments. Brilliant!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE COUNCIL SUPPORTS MORE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION

 

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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council last night recommended approval of the seven storey Hilton Doubletree hotel in Point Street to JDAP for the second time.

A development proposal by the SKS Group for the same hotel was recommended for approval by Fremantle Council six years ago, but the development never commenced, so who knows if this one will ever become reality.

Also approved last night was a four storey eight apartments short term tourist accommodation at the back of 19 Essex Street.

The new development proposal for a hotel at the Woolstores shopping centre site should come before Fremantle Council soon, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

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WALLS FOR FREO’S NEW TAVERN

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on March 4, 2020

 

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The tilt-up walls for the tavern at the new Warders Cottages boutique hotel are being installed over the next two days, so there will be delays for motorists traveling along William Street and Henderson Street. Best to avoid it and drive down Parry Street!

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TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR HOMELESS IN NORTH FREO

 

There is an interesting development proposal that has a lot of merit before the Fremantle Planning Committee this evening.

Approval is sought for a temporary housing development as an interim use on disused land owned and reserved by the State Government for public transport (Railway) but currently not required for that purpose. The proposal involves 18 Self-contained single bedroom units to be managed by Foundation Housing.

Approval is sought for a housing development (18 Self-contained single bedroom units) to provide temporary housing (15 years) on land that is owned by the State Government and has been identified for long-term public transport uses. The proposal seeks to make use of (currently) surplus public land in suitable locations as an ‘interim use’ to provide housing for those in need through services offered by Foundation Housing. This initiative is known as ‘My Home’. Use of lightweight and ‘flat pack’ construction allows removal if and when the land is required for its reserved purpose.

Foundation Housing is a WA developer and manager of affordable housing for people in need. The ‘My Home’ is a new initiative to provide housing for homeless people at no cost to government. ‘My Home’ is a proposed 3-way partnership between government, not-for-profit and the private sector, and is based on the Housing First model.

This proposed development will be tenanted by homeless women over 55 years of age. Homeless people are from all walks of life, from many socio-economic backgrounds and all demographics. There is strong anecdotal evidence that a growing “hidden” group of people becoming homeless in Australia are single women aged over 55 years of age. Women in this age group may have spent many years raising children and are less likely to have accumulated sufficient superannuation to support themselves. Death of a spouse, divorce, lack of confidence to re-enter the workforce, outdated work skills and poor financial management all contribute to an older woman finding herself homeless.

Each unit is single storey in form and 30m2 in area with a bedroom, kitchen, living and bathroom space. There is also a shared laundry and storeroom facilities. The site is to be landscaped with vegetable gardens, fruit trees and outdoor living spaces. The development is to be configured in a side by side row housing design. Eight (8) communal car bays are provided for the development to the south of site.

Roel Loopers

MORE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION FOR FREMANTLE

 

An application for a four storey-eight units- tourist accommodation building at the back of 19 Essex Street will come before the Fremantle Planning Committee on Wednesday.

Down the road in Bannister Street the Hougoumont Hotel also has an application at the Planning Committee , but that is for a two-year delay in the commencement of construction of a four-storey addition to the hotel.

The approved development was for 48 rooms, a restaurant, bar and conference room, but the Hougoumont argues that there is now an oversupply of hotel rooms in Perth and they want to wait a while.

In the meantime the construction of a tavern and the Warders Cottages boutique hotel by the Hougoumont is underway in Henderson Street.

Also before the Planning Committee, as reported on Freo’s View last week, is a new application for the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Pier Street.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL BECOMING A FARCE

 

The Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel development will be at the Planning Committee of Fremantle Council this coming Wednesday with amended plans, after the SKS Group received planning permission for the hotel in 2014, six very long years ago, but never built the seven story building between Point Street and Princess May Park.

Approval is now thought for the following:

  •   Partial demolition of the existing car park structure
  •   Basement level services area
  •   Seven storey Hotel with 168 rooms and a ground floor Restaurant
  •   Seven storey Multiple dwelling building comprising 45 units, a common area gym,72 car bays, and internal courtyard
  •   Ground floor shops
  •   Ground floor of the car park converted into Offices.

I find the look of the proposed building ugly, average, disappointing, and not respecting the heritage significance of the former Boy’s School and Princess May Park. What worries me even more though is that the proposal is deemed to be a new proposal and not an amendment to the 2014 approved proposal, so that the proponents will be required to only commence construction within four years of the approval. That means they would only have to start building ten years after the initial approval and that is ridiculous!

It has been very disappointing and frustrating that the SKS Group have not shown any urgency in building the Fremantle hotel complex, to the point that the City of Fremantle negotiated to get back management of the site and constructed a carpark where buildings were demolished, to get rid of the neglected eyesore the vacant site was.

I have very strong doubts that the proponents are serious about building the hotel and fear the new planning application might just be another attempt at delaying the construction even longer, and that would be extremely disappointing. It is becoming a farce!

Building approval is with JDAP so Fremantle Council can only recommend approval, as is the Officer’s Recommendation

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO INNER CITY APARTMENTS NEAR COMPLETION

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 18, 2020

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The Social residential apartment building on the former Fremantle Workers Club site in Henry Street is nearing completion, with quite beautiful metal folding blinds on the balconies being installed currently. I like the look of it.

Roel Loopers

LITTLE LANE SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT FOR FREMANTLE

 

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I am delighted to hear that work has commenced on Yolk Property Group’s Little Lane apartments at 52 Adelaide Street in Fremantle, with demolition of the iconic site now underway.

I believe it is essential that the run down east of the CBD will be modernised and with the Woolstores hotel development and Hilton Doubletree hotel development in the pipeline and the Kings Square redevelopment nearing completion, the modernisation of the Fremantle CBD is well under way

The Little Lane building was home in the 1960s and 1970s to the Coles department store and in more recent times Many 2.0.

Little Lane will feature 70 apartments above a laneway alive with a new mix of cafe and foodie culture.

One of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction providers Icon / Cockram has been appointed to build Little Lane. The apartments were designed by Fremantle based Harris Jenkins Architects

Affordable through a mix of dwelling sizes, the one, two and three-bedroom residences start from $359,000.

With extensive use of rooftop solar panels and a guarantee from an independent energy supplier, residents will be rewarded with a discounted rate of 10 per cent less than Synergy’s A1 Home

With demolition works scheduled to take three months, construction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.

 

For further information visit http://www.littlelane.com.au.

Roel Loopers

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