The Fremantle QUEST serviced apartments hotel in Pakenham Street opened yesterday, so let your visitors know about this new accommodation in the port city.
It is very important for the Fremantle economy to keep visitors here over night, instead of them going to Perth or elsewhere, so the more tourist accommodation the better.
Fremantle Council will decide on Wednesday at the full council meeting if it will move into FIFO-style portable accommodation at the Stan Reilly site during the demolition of the council building at Kings Square and the construction of the new civic centre there.
The demolition of the Stan Reilly building and erection of transportable buildings is considered the best and cheapest option for the City.
The site will become a car park once staff move back to Kings Square into the new civic centre building, designed by Kerry Hill architects, until final decisions have been made about the Fremantle Oval masterplan.
Living Together Better is on tonight at 6.30 at the Fremantle Townhall, so everyone interested in alternative living/sharing projects should attend and share their opinion and ideas.
It is organised by Meriam Salama who is an architect and founder of a social enterprise that seeks to provide affordable housing through co-ownership. Her venture, The Henry Project, seeks to provide opportunities for multiple small households to share ownership of a single dwelling, living independently, but with some shared facilities. The basic premise is that living together equates to living better; living together provides better affordability, and better social connectedness.
Living Together Better will give people the space to meet others similarly interested in the idea, to start developing connections that may lead to this type of co-living.
The model Salama is offering can make affordable housing, with genuine social benefit, a viable alternative in the Fremantle area.
Good to see new short-stay accommodation units added to the Be. apartments on Mews Road that overlook Bathers Bay and have a great view of the Roundhouse and Fremantle Port cranes, and good to see that they are doing it in the same style as the older ones.
It’s no doubt the best tourist stay accommodations in Fremantle at the yacht harbour and only a lovely ten-minute walk into the centre of Freo.
A worrying development application is current for 22 Adelaide Street, where Mills Records is. The developers want to build a five storey building for tourist accommodation there.
While I believe it is important to have a mix of retail, office, tourist and residential accommodation at Kings Square this proposal is far too high for that site.
Urgent time to let the City of Fremantle know that a five, even four, storey building in that location is absolutely inappropriate and only a maximum of three storey should be approved.
Submissions need to be in latest by October 6 for DA 0117/16.
Unfortunately I can’t find anything on the City’s website but the plans can be viewed at the reception. No idea though why they are not on-line where they are far more accessible for public scrutiny. It’s 2016, not 1985. I did a search for them and we should not be forced to have to come to the administration building to view some plans. Not good enough COF!!
Rain interrupted the installation of large glass art panels at the new Quest Hotel in Pakenham Street this morning, but the feature should be a new attraction for Fremantle from this week on, and the serviced apartments hotel opening very soon.
The new panel cladding has improved the look of the building significantly and I wished they had continued it around the corner in Leake Street where there is now a huge blank wall.
The interior courtyard looks interesting from what I could see, so looking forward to seeing the finished product and having more tourist accommodation in Fremantle.
There is another backpackers hostel in Fremantle in the Orient Hotel on the corner of Henry and High streets. The Fremantle Beach Backpackers is only a five-minute-walk from gorgeous Bathers Beach, so a pretty good location.
This is the 7th backpackers in our city, if I haven’t overlooked one, so now it’s time to get a few more upmarket tourist accommodation venues as well. The 4 star Quest short-stay hotel in Pakenham Street is progressing well so will probably open later this year.
It is disappointing to see that there is still no building start for the Hilton Double Tree development at Fremantle’s Queen Adelaide and Point street as it was projected to start late 2015.
The site now looks derelict but the City of Fremantle told me the developers have agreed to tidy it up. They demolished the retail buildings but left the Point Street carpark standing and operational. According to my source the SKS Group have not yet applied for a building permit although all development approvals have been given by the WA Development Assessment Panel.
I contacted SKS yesterday and asked if they could tell me an estimated time of building commencement but they have not responded to my email.
The Hilton development is in my opinion critical to Fremantle’s economic recovery as it would create substantial tourist accommodation, which is lacking in our city. It is also essential for the creation of a much better Princess May Park and the modernisation of the eastern part of the CBD, so I hope the delay will not be as lengthy as the Kings Square project one.
Today is the last day for Fremantle’s ROSY O’GRADY after twenty years of the Irish pub, so get over there and have a Guinness or two and enjoy Irish music and dancing this afternoon.
Reportedly the building has been bought by the operators of the South Beach Hotel in South Fremantle who intend to create a more classy ambience and a boutique hotel branded as the Federal Hotel. Good luck to them. They have done a good job with the SBH!
This Wednesday Fremantle Council will yet again see an application for an inappropriate development in the West End heritage area of the city with the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street wanting to add another 48 bedrooms, restaurant, kitchen and conference room with roof terrace. They want four storeys plus a ‘loft’ on the former Fremantle Club site that is listed as a site with significant cultural heritage.
The Hougoumont Hotel is basically a cheap looking prefab development where the nearly completed bedroom units are being trucked in and stacked on top of each other by a crane. There is nothing architecturally beautiful or classy about it and the extra requested height will only make it more of an eyesore in the inner city.
The big worry is that the development will go to the State’s DAP and they are not known for considering local councils and communities as they are so pro developers that they might as well get paid by them instead of by tax payers.