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FREMANTLE ORIENT HOTEL FOR SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, hotel, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2018

 

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The Fremantle Orient Hotel in historic High Street is on the market for around $ 4.5 million.

The present owners bought the hotel about four years ago and invested quite a bit in it.

The building is in a great location in the centre of Notre Dame University campus and I hope it will remain a hotel as most other hotels in High Street have closed.

Roel Loopers

ROOFTOP BAR FOR NATIONAL HOTEL

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2018

 

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Good to see that the Fremantle National Hotel will become even better with a new rooftop bar and 12 luxury hotel rooms on the top floor.

If all goes to plan they will open in September this year.

Roel Loopers

WOOLSTORES FRUSTRATION ALL AROUND

 

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Fremantle Council Planning Committee recommended to JDAP to reject the plans by Silverleaf Investments for the Woolstores shopping centre site, with an amendment to state that council very much would like to see this proposal go ahead as long as the proponent makes the changes recommended by Fremantle’s Design Advisory Committee-DAC.

There was clear frustration in the air from both sides with Councillor Ingrid Waltham expressing that everyone on council and in the community wanted good development happening in that area. She said Councillors were lay people and not architect and hence they had to take the advise of the DAC. “This has the potential of becoming an iconic landmark.”

The clearly frustrated architect for the developers flicked page by page stating the DAC recommended this and we did it, they recommended that and we changed it,….. He was quite irate, and rightly so, that the DAC at their last meeting with them had been complimentary about the changes but now had come out of the blue with a new recommendation of a substantial set back for the massive hotel component.

Public speakers said that many architects around Perth did not believe the design warranted exceptional quality design status. One of them was certain that the plans would not be approved by any other council, but that is hypothetical bollocks.

From my personal experience with architects, and I worked for very many as a commercial photographer, is that they rarely like another architect’s work. Many creatives unfortunately are like that.

I also wonder if it would have been better to conditionally approve the development plans with the condition that the recommendations from the DAC need to be implemented. It would send a message to the developers that Fremantle Council is serious about wanting approval for the hotel development but insists on getting outstanding architecture on the site.

The main problem is that Exceptional Design has not been defined in the planning rules, so it comes back to personal taste and preference by the public and architects. Councillor Jon Strachan said that the concept of exceptional design is nebulous.

A fact that should not be overlooked is that if Silverleaf Investments, in frustration about the constant delays, moves its money to another development Fremantle could end up with the ugly shopping centre building for many more years and that definitely is not the desired outcome.

The WA Joint Development Assessment Panel-JDAP will rule on the planning proposal in due course, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

 

MORE FREMANTLE DOUBLETREE HOTEL DELAY

Posted in city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel by freoview on April 10, 2017

The ongoing development delays of the Hilton Doubletree hotel on the site at Point, Adelaide and Cantonment streets are very disappointing for Fremantle.

SKS Land Pty Ltd bought the property from the City of Fremantle on November 28, 2012 but all they have done so far is demolish the retail buildings along Adelaide and Point streets and left us with a vacant eyesore that is not looked after well.

Now the company, which is developing three hotels in Perth, wants another two-year extension before building commencement, to January 2020, so eight years after they purchased the property!

There is an option in the sales contract for the CoF to buy back the property but the City is in no financial position to even consider that, and SKS are playing hardball in the knowledge of that.

The item is on Wednesday’s City of Fremantle FPOL Committee’s agenda and the officers recommend to approve the delay but that SKS gives the CoF control over the vacant site for $ 1 per year, to activate the area, and hand back the management of the Point Street carpark, so the City can gain revenue from it for the next two and a half years.

One can only hope that the Woolstores shopping centre commercial/residential development and Adina Hotel by Silverleaf will commence soon as the ongoing delays of buildings that have been approved is holding Fremantle back.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE EAST CBD DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, development, economy, hotel, housing, tourism by freoview on March 19, 2017

This photo taken from the top of the Fremantle Townhall on Friday has historic significance for Fremantle as the inner east CBD will look very different in a few years from now with major development plans for the area.

In about five years we will see the new Woolstores shopping centre commercial, hotel and student development by Silverleaf, the Point Street Hilton Doubletree hotel project, and the eight-storey residential development of the former Spotlight building, and just beyond that the residential development next to the Hotel Australia at Beach Street.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE QUEST HOTEL NOW OPEN!

Posted in accommodation, economy, fremantle, hospitality, hotel, tourism by freoview on December 13, 2016

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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.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL LIMBO

Posted in city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel by freoview on October 27, 2016

The start of construction of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site has been delayed again with Fremantle Council on Wednesday agreeing to extend the contract by one year.

Council approved the sale of the site in December 2012 and the contract required the SKS group who bought the property to commence building within three years of receiving planning approval, however SKS has now advised the City of Fremantle it will not start construction before the second quarter of 2017.

Council does have the option to buy back the property at an estimated value of $ 9.6 million, but what would it do with it then?

The construction delay is because of dewatering issues for the basement of the new building that now has to be redesigned, according to SKS.

What is means is that we will have to live with this ugly eyesore for another year in the centre of the city.

Sirona Capital was also granted a six months extension to finalise its lease negotiations with the WA Government for the Department of Housing to move to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

FIRST ACTIVITY AT FREMANTLE NEW HILTON HOTEL

Posted in development, fremantle, hospitality, hotel, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 3, 2016

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Nice to see something happening at the proposed site of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the corner of Point and Queen Adelaide streets.

The derelict site looks pretty awful in the centre of Freo and the Point Street carpark is also an eyesore.

This development together with the upgrade of Princess May Park and the occupation of the former Boys School by DAADA will attract a lot more activity to that area, which will also be good for Clancy’s and the Adelaide Plaza building.

Roel Loopers

HILTON HOTEL DEVELOPMENT TO START EARLY 2017

The Hilton Doubletree development at Fremantle Point Street will be starting in early 2017 according to information on the agenda of next Wednesday’s City of Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting.

According to the agenda item the SKS group responsible for the development will be opening an office opposite the site in Point Street soon, and development has been pushed back from the last quarter of this year to the first quarter of next year.

There is also a development application out for the Westgate Mall site east of the Target building, so Queen Adelaide Street could become a hive of building development next year, connecting Kings Square with the residential development along Queen Victoria, Beach and Quarry streets.

The Princess May Park masterplan has also been approved so changes there are also due soon, and DAADA is to move into the former Boys School there next year as well.

Roel Loopers

FREO THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Posted in development, food, fremantle, hotel by freoview on April 13, 2015

New Hilton Doubletree signs have gone up on the fences at Point and Queen Adelaide streets, so that is hopefully a sign that the hotel development on that site will commence soon.

Down the road two new restaurants will be opening soon as well. Mexican Zombrero is opening up in the former Boost premises opposite Gino’s while next to the National Hotel in High Street and huge midern Brazilian restaurant will open on the 24th, promising a free meal for the first 500 patrons.

It is promising to see new development happening in Fremantle and I can sense the anticipation in the community of great things to come for our city.

Roel Loopers

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