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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY’S FRUSTRATING PROCRASTINATION

 

The news about substantial development at Curtin University should send a message to Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.

The Exchange Precint at Curtin will create a mini city with more student accommodation, shops, offices and even a hotel.

There has been a lot of talk at NDA about student accommodation and that the university is part of the Fremantle community but they are not walking the walk.

Notre Dame bought the large Customs House ‘precinct’ between Henry and Pakenham streets but we have not heard a single word about what they intend to do with it.

There have been constant promises of street activation of NDA owned buildings, but that too is just an irrelevant signature on a useless Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

The CODA Architects designed activation hubs are nowhere to be seen and there are no seats for all the students who just sit on the grass at Phillimore Street in between lectures.

The suggested creation of a relaxation park, where the carpark is on the corner of Cliff and High streets, has also not been realised, so all we are getting from NDA is procrastination and empty promises.

I have been a big supporter of our Freo uni but the status quo really is not good enough, and the new Vice Chancellor is still six months away, and he will first have to find his feet in the new position, so how much longer does the Fremantle community have to wait until NDA  shows they truly care about being part of our community?

Fremantle is struggling and needs all the support it can get. Student accommodation and street activation are part of that and need to be implemented by NDA with priority.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HERITAGE CAR PARK

Posted in accommodation, architecture, cars, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2019

 

car park

 

Fremantle has so many hidden treasures and I ‘discovered’ this car park of the former warehouse at Little High Street this morning.

The entrance is at Phillimore Street and the excellent adaptive re-use of the former warehouse into residential apartments was done by Freo architect Ralph Hoare.

The unit on the corner of High Street, opposite Chalkys cafe, is for sale for just over $ 2 million as I understand it.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HILTON DOUBLETREE HOTEL TO GO AHEAD

 

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The very delayed plans to build a Hilton Doubletree hotel on the corner of Adelaide and Point streets in Fremantle will go ahead according to Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

After I published a photo of the removal of the sales office for the Ancora departments yesterday, which are part of the development plans, Brad Pettitt sent in a comment that “the proceedings will go ahead but with a tweaked plan”

I remain skeptical though because if the new plans are significantly different from the approved development they will need new Council/JDAP approval and that would automatically give the SKS Group another four years before they would have to commence with the building of it.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE DEVELOPMENT PIPE LINE OR PIPE DREAM?

 

 

 

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Worrying signs in Fremantle for the Hilton Doubletree hotel and Ancora apartments development on the corner of Point and Adelaide Street.

The SKS Group who owns the site has been delaying the development for years and were supposed to commence this October, but all promotional signage has been removed from the sales office, and only one sign remains standing at the carpark.

On their website SKS states that a glut of hotel development might end up in many vacant rooms due to a decline in WA tourist numbers, but that is no longer the case with WA recording the highest increase in tourist numbers in Australia recently.

SKS received planning approval for a six-storey 150 rooms hotel and 98 residential apartments, but have been reluctant to start the development.

There are other residential developments in the pipeline for Fremantle, but will they become reality with the residential market being very slow? It’s a worry!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE WELCOMES AUSTRALIAN TOURISM EXCHANGE

 

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Fremantle welcomes the delegate for the Australian Tourism Exchange 2019. We hope you love your time in our gorgeous city!

Around 1,500 Australian seller delegates from approximately 550 companies, 650 key buyer delegates from over 30 countries, and 70 international and Australian media attend this global event.

Organised by Tourism Australia in partnership with Tourism Western Australia, ATE19 will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 April.

The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event.

The event brings together Australian tourism businesses, and tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events. It also provides international travel buyers with the opportunity to experience Australia’s tourism offering first-hand through pre and post-event familiarisations.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

 

WILL FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL EVER BE BUILT?

 

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Hilton 2

 

It seems rather peculiar that the SKS Group which is going to build the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Fremantle’s Point Street only has an estimated  commencement date for the development on their website, while they have an estimated completion date for 2022 for the Hampton-Inn-by-Hilton in Cockburn Central.

The SKS Group have kept delaying the Fremantle development for far too long. They were going to start yet again last October, but only on the basement carpark, but that has now been pushed back by another year to this year October. We can probably expect them to delay it again….and again… and again, because the only option would be for the City of Fremantle to buy back the property, for which there is no money, or for SKS to put the property on the market, and that would not be good for Fremantle either.

Just don’t leave Freo in limbo, SKS and finally state what you are really going to do and give us a fixed date for the commencement and completion!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S SMALL HOUSING ALTERNATIVE GETS STATE APPROVAL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, city planning, housing, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2019

 

 

The City of Fremantle’s ground-breaking new approach to infill housing in suburban areas, called the ‘Freo Alternative – Big Thinking about Small Housing’, is now official following approval by the Minister for Planning.

In March last year the Fremantle Council voted to change the City’s Local Planning Scheme and adopt a new planning policy to stimulate development of a wider choice of housing in Fremantle’s suburban areas while maintaining what people value about their neighbourhoods.

The Freo Alternative project began in 2014 when the Australian Urban Design Research Centre and local architects were engaged to model different small housing types and test if they could work in a Fremantle environment.

That was followed in 2016 with a widespread community engagement campaign to establish what attributes the community most valued about their suburb and the benefits and challenges of small housing types.

The City’s community engagement efforts were recognised with the Planning Minister’s Award at the 2017 Planning Institute Australia WA Awards for Excellence.

Key provisions include:

Only applies to lots larger than 600 square metres
Dwellings to have a maximum floor area of 120 square metres
Maximum of three dwellings on lots of 750 square metres or less
Minimum of 30 square metres of outdoor living area per dwelling
Developments to have higher than standard energy efficiency ratings, and include solar panels, rainwater tanks, grey water systems or meet best practice accessibility standards
A minimum of 70 per cent of the entire development to be open space
At least one large tree to be retained or planted for each dwelling
A maximum of one parking bay per dwelling
Developments to be referred to the City’s Design Advisory Committee to consider design quality

The Freo Alternative will initially be applied to specific locations within the City of Fremantle – in sections of White Gum Valley, Hilton, O’Connor, Beaconsfield and Fremantle – that meet certain criteria regarding proximity to public transport, existing lot size and housing stock and heritage streetscapes.

The new provisions are subject to a five-year sunset clause.

Roel Loopers

STILL HOPE FOR FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL

 

Artist’s impression of the DoubleTree by Hilton Fremantle

 

The article in the West Australian today about the one-year delay for the opening of the Doubletree Hilton Perth Waterfront hotel at Elizabeth Quay gives some hope for Fremantle.

The Malaysian SKS Group says it wants to get started on the $ 115 million Fremantle Hilton Doubletree at Point Street this year, so let’s hope this is not again another promise they won’t keep, as the project has been delayed for far too long. The company was due to start with a two-level basement car park last October but applied to Fremantle Council for another delay.

Good news also for Cockburn with the SKS Group planning to build a hotel at Cockburn Central as well.

Roel Loopers

GOOD AFFORDABLE PROPOSAL FOR QUARRY STREET

 

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As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers

LET THERE BE. SUNSET

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, photography, sailing, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2018

 

BE. sunset

 

I was hoping for a real red and soft sun on Monday, because of the bushfire in the northern suburbs, but that did not eventuate.

The photo I took at the yacht club near the Fremantle BE. apartments is pretty nice as well I think.

Roel Loopers

 

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