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FREMANTLE COUNCIL SUPPORTS WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Fremantle Council will send a recommendation of approval to the Joint Development Assessment Panel(JDAP), after elected members on Wednesday evening approved the planning application for the Woolstores hotel and police station development by Silverleaf Investments.

The police station part of the development is still speculative at this point of time, as the State Government has put a purpose built new Fremantle police station out for tender, and other sites are being considered as well.

A new hotel just east of Kings Square in a run down part of Freo would be an enormous improvement, and the developers also want to put a childcare centre in the building.

It’s now up to JDAP to approve it, and hopefully the State Government will come on board and signs off on the new police station.

It feels nice to have good news in these awful times!

Roel Loopers

 

CREATING FREO’S FUTURE

 

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Freo’s View reader Pete commented that he did not like the ‘shark tooth’ images on the Henderson Street carpark, so I hope he will like the more colourful very Freo art that is being put up at present.

Only a few metres away the construction of the tavern and boutique hotel at the Warders Cottages is well under way, and on the other side of the carpark the Walyalup Civic Centre at Kings square is also getting there.

There is so much happening in Freo at the moment as far as development is concerned, that we can all look forward to a brighter future for our gorgeous city.

Roel Loopers

 

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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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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IS FREO’S HILTON THE NEXT ONE TO BE BUILT?

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, development, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 31, 2020

 

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Good to see that the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Elizabeth Quay in Perth is nearing completion.

The altered plans for the Fremantle Hilton should be coming before council soon, and we can all cross our fingers from then on that the SKS group will start in a hurry to build the port city hotel, that has been promised for many years.

There are also plans for a Hilton in Cockburn and one in Karratha, so the SKS group has been busy.

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There were also high flyers on the Ritz Carlton hotel building at EQ, so I might as well share this photo with you, because I am a show off.  ; >)

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE HERITAGE HOTEL NOT A PIPE DREAM

Posted in accommodation, architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 24, 2020

 

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Although there are a lot of pipes sticking out of the ground the Fremantle Warders Cottages heritage boutique hotel and tavern is not a pipe dream, as this photo I took of the development yesterday afternoon shows.

The hotel will only have a few tiny rooms in the cottages, but a substantial tavern between the old cottages and Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

BUT WILL THE FREO HILTON BE BUILT?

 

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My hope that the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel might be starting soon might well be premature, as I assumed the development application by the SKS Group is merely a modification and not an all new plan.

Unfortunately I have been advised by the City of Fremantle’s Planning Department that the application is a new one, and should it be approved by JDAP next year SKS would have to commence the development only within four years, and that is a very long way away for a development that is very significant for Fremantle.

SKD have been delaying the construction of the building reportedly because of de-watering problems on the Point Street site, where they wanted to have two basement carpark levels, but this new application would now give them the scope to delay by another four years, which would be extremely disappointing.

One can only hope that contractual arrangements with the Hilton hotel group will have a completion date for the hotel that is sooner, rather than much later. Time will tell.

Roel Loopers

ONE STEP CLOSER TO FREMANTLE HILTON DOUBLETREE HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hotel, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 3, 2019

 

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Waiting for the development of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel by the SKS Group has been like the theatre play Waiting for Godot, where two people wait for Godot but he never turns up, so it is a huge Christmas present for Fremantle that the SKS Group now appear to be serious about the development with new plans submitted to Fremantle Council.

It is for a seven-storey, 168 hotel rooms, 45 residential apartments, five shops, two commercial units, a bar and a restaurant on the Point Street carpark site.

A public information session about the proposal will be held on 9 January 2020 from 5:30-6pm at the City of Fremantle’s administration offices at Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street, Fremantle.

The plans and associated documents are available on the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website or can be viewed during business hours at the City’s customer service desk at Fremantle Oval.

The deadline for public submissions is 14 January 2020.

The plans will then be considered by the Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee before being referred to the Joint Development Assessment Panel for a final decision.

The Doubletree by Hilton proposal is just one of many hotel developments in the pipeline for Fremantle.

The City is also assessing a new application to redevelop the Woolstores shopping centre, which includes a 141-room hotel along with new commercial office space, retail outlets, police station, and a child care centre.

Work is currently underway to convert a row of the historic Warders Cottages on Henderson Street into a boutique 11-room hotel with a new indoor and outdoor bar and dining area nestled between the rear of the cottages and the Fremantle Markets.

Plans have also been approved to transform Fremantle’s state heritage-listed Police and Courthouse complex into a hotel and restaurant precinct.

For more information and to have your say on the Point Street proposal visit the My Say Freo website.

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MORE FREMANTLE CBD DEVELOPMENT STARTING

 

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Very good to see the start of another development in the Fremantle inner city, with builders McCorkell taken possession of the former Warders Cottages in Henderson Street next to the Fremantle Markets.

The site which is owned by the Hougoumont Hotel people will become a tiny boutique hotel and a tavern at the back between the cottages and the market.

At the former Energy Museum in Parry Street the Match group has put signs up that they will commence with the residential M/27 development there as well, and just down the road at Adelaide Street the Yolk property group has also indicated they will be starting with the Little Lane residential building soon as well.

If, as expected and I hope, Silverleaf Investments will get the go ahead for the Woolstores hotel development, that will also start in the first quarter of next year, so things are very much on the move in good old Freo!

Roel Loopers

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