Freo's View

GOOD LOOKING FREO KINGS SQUARE

 

 

The three viewing windows are now all accessible to the public to look at the building progress of the new Fremantle Civic Centre and the final touches of the Sirona Capital buildings behind it.

The Kings Square Redevelopment Project is modernising the inner city, so I can’t wait for its completion with a new children’s playground added as well.

It was such a nice clear sky on Friday afternoon that I had to take these photos. Click on them to enlarge!

Roel Loopers

FREO BUILDING APPROVALS WELL ABOVE THE WEST

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2019

 

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While building approvals in Western Australia have almost halved in the last five years Fremantle is doing much better and is still going strong according to the latest statistics released, as the graphic shows.

Now hoping that all those development approvals will be realised fast into new great buildings, as some have been procrastinating. We are still waiting on the Hilton Double Tree hotel, the Woolstores hotel development and the Little Lane residential development which were approved a long time ago.

Roel Loopers

SNOWBALL HELPS FREO HERITAGE APPEAL

 

 

I bumped into the City of Fremantle heritage officers and a lady from the Heritage Council this morning who were inspecting the repainted heritage facades along historic High Street, after the stunning Felice Varini yellow art work had created difficulties in removing it.

But out of a bad thing good things happened and other property owners, such as the Finishing Touch Gallery, also wanted to give the facades of their buildings a facelift, and the building next to the RSL club is now also getting a new coat of paint.

High Street has never looked better, so while the snowball effect has not been intentional it is certainly welcome!

Roel Loopers

COUNCIL CHANGES TO HILTON FENCING POLICY

 

Fremantle Council’s Strategic Planning and Transport Committee will this Wednesday consider changes to the fencing policy for the suburb of Hilton, so this is what the Officer’s Recommendation is:

Note the outcomes of the community consultation on the proposed changes to Local Planning Policy 3.7, as detailed in agenda Attachment 1.2.

Adopt the following amendments to clause 1.5 of Local Planning Policy 3.7: Hilton Garden Suburb Heritage Area, in accordance with Schedule 2, Clause 4 (3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015:1.5 Street Walls and Fences 1.5.1 Street walls and fencing forward of the building line shall be a maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be a minimum of 30% visually permeable above 300 millimetres.

For properties located on the following streets, front fencing shall be visually permeable above 1.2 metres to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, with piers no higher than 2.0 metres:• South Street, between Stock Road and Lee Avenue.• Carrington Street, between South Street and Winterfold Road. • Winterfold Road, between Carrington Street and Collick Street.

Solid masonry (brick) rear fencing shall be permitted for those properties backing onto Stock Road to a maximum height of 2.0 metres.

Council may, at its discretion, vary the requirements of clause 1.5.1 where it is satisfied that the proposed street wall and/or fence: a. Is consistent with character of the prevailing streetscape (including, in relation to this clause only, the house directly across the street and the three houses on either side of that opposing house, where these are located within the Hilton Heritage Areas) AND maintains clear surveillance between the street and the dwelling; orb. is a maximum of 1.5m in height and a minimum of 50% visually permeable. Notwithstanding the above, visually impermeable fencing above 300 millimeters in height will not be supported.

Fencing with a high proportion of visual permeability and reflective of fencing styles and materials traditional to the area (primarily post and wire/mesh infill) is strongly encouraged.

Roel Loopers

 

BEACY HOME OF MANY ANGLES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on August 19, 2019

 

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No, this photo was not taken somewhere in the south of Europe but in McCleery Street, Beaconsfield. All those angles just fascinated me when I walked past it today.

Roel Loopers

ROYAL GEORGE FUTURE IN DOUBT AGAIN

 

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The future of the heritage listed Royal George hotel in East Fremantle remains in doubt with owners Saracen Properties telling East Freo council that a seven-storey limit for the site is not financially viable for them to develop because they need a minimum plot ratio of 2:1 to make it work. Saracen had proposed a 21 storey residential tower behind the old hotel.

The Town of East Fremantle Council passed amendments last week with new restrictions for development and a maximum height of seven storeys.

It is great to hear though that Saracen has confirmed they will go ahead with the $ 6 million restoration of the beautiful building and will start with that next year.

W.A. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has the final say in this, so let’s wait and see what the outcome will be.

Roel Loopers

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MORE BEAUTIFICATION IN FREMANTLE

 

 

Walking around Fremantle it is always good to see when building owners do maintenance or apply a new coat of paint on heritage buildings, as has been happening all along historic High Street, so nice that more scaffolding is going up for more beautification where the Record Finder shop used to be.

At the same time it is sad to see quite a few heritage buildings neglected, such as the former Terminus Hotel on the corner of Pakenham and Short streets.

At Kings Square the window cleaners have been abseiling for a few days on the new Sirona Capital buildings.

Roel Loopers

HOW EFFECTIVE WILL NEW PLANNING PANELS BE?

 

Interesting to hear that WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti wants to make changes to the  state’s Joint Development Assessment Panels-JDAP and reduce the panels from 9 to only 3.

Saffioti instead wants to establish a team of 10 full-time experts who would help assess major development proposals alongside local councillors. They would replace the current 48 member pool that is drawn from the planning industry.

I am not sure how effective it would be when the full-time experts would work with local councillors or if it would remain very much as it is at present at JDAP meetings where local councils are under-represented with two councillors versus three other panel members.

Roel Loopers

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BEACH STREET DEVELOPMENT ON THE WAY?

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, property, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on August 13, 2019

 

 

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Good to see activity on the  Beach Street site next to the Australia Hotel. From memory, and please correct me if I am wrong, an eight-storey residential building was approved for the site by Fremantle council, so hopefully that is what is happening.

Roel Loopers

FREO KINGS SQUARE UPDATE

 

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I am one of many people in the Fremantle community who believe that the Kings Square Redevelopment Project is a positive one for our city, so I walk by every day to have a look at the progress made.

The fencing around the two Sirona Capital buildings have been removed so one is able to get a glimpse of the interior and things to come.

The work by MG Group on the public realm has also started and we will soon see new cobblestones, pavers and concrete pavers. MG will also create soft landscaping, lighting, seating, CCTV and more, so things are happening and changing fast at our city square.

I took the photos above mid morning today.

Roel Loopers

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