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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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WARDERS BOUTIQUE HOTEL STARTING?

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

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I hope the scaffolding around the former Warders Cottages in the Fremantle Henderson Street mall mean that the owners of the Hougomont Hotel, who own the site, are getting serious about the development of the planned and approved boutique hotel and tavern next to Fremantle Markets.

Roel Loopers

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STUNNING MURAL ART WORTH A VISIT TO THE BIG SMOKE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, perth, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2019

 

 

It is such a gorgeous day that I hopped on the train to Perth to look at the magnificent 27-storey high art mural by artist Matt Adnate on the new hotel in Hay Street that will be named after him; the Adnate Hotel. It is amazing, but difficult to photograph so I walked up all the nine levels of the adjacent car park to see if I could find a better location, but to no avail.

It is disturbing to see how many really mediocre and ugly highrise buildings are being erected in Perth, but great that there are many fantastic large mural artworks on some of them, especially in Northbridge.

Interesting the people one meets on a train ride. A talkative woman from Albany told us that she lives on a houseboat and had just sold her fish&chips shop after five years of hard yakka, while 26 year old Daniel told us he was on his way for a swim at Cottesloe after having spent two and a half years in jail.

While engaging with them I missed catching up with my old mate Michael Thorn, the CEO of Canberra based FARE-the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, who I saw hopping on the train as well. I wrote one of the very first articles for FARE’s blog many years ago.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S HILTON NOT SOLD TO TWIGGY OF COURSE

Posted in april fools, architecture, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

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It is taking forever for the SKS Group to build the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the former Point Street car park site and they are a bit slow reading Freo’s View blog posts as well it appears.

I received an email this morning threatening me with legal action if I do not remove my blog post that Twiggy Forrest had bought the site.

The blog post was one of four April Fools blogs I published on April 1 this year and I made it clear in a later post that the posts were only April Fools.

I have suggested to the SKS Group to walk down to the chemist and get an injection of humour.  ;>)

I have also asked them to please start with the construction of the hotel asap as the Fremantle community has been waiting for it to happen far too long.

Roel Loopers

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FREO HILTON SITE SALES OFFICE REMOVED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, hotel, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2019

 

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It is about time the SKS Group told Fremantle Council and the community what is actually going to happen with the site on the corner of Point and Adelaide streets.

SKS bought the site from the City of Fremantle and were going to develop a Hilton Doubletree hotel and residential units there, but they keep delaying the development.

This morning a crane removed the sales office that was installed as part of the agreement with the City of Fremantle when SKS asked for yet another delay in the commencement of the development.

Does the removal of the sales office mean that SKS wants to start developing in May and not as expected in October, or does it mean they won’t develop the site at all?

Roel Loopers

 

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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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WILL FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL EVER BE BUILT?

 

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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

FREMANTLE ON THE MOVE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, hotel, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2019

 

 

It is good to see some action at the Market Street Piazza behind Gino’s where painters are working on the two vacant restaurant buildings, so hopefully they will be activated again soon, which would go well with the new Beerpourium in the former Kulcha building they are facing.

Also news on the planned boutique hotel in the former Warders Cottages in the Henderson Street mall, next to the Fremantle Markets, with the West Australian reporting that hotelier Patrick Prendiville, who also owns the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street, has finalised the purchase of the six cottages, for which he paid $ 2.83 million.

The new hotel will have 11 rooms, an interior and exterior bar and a nice shady courtyard.

Down the road Silverleaf Investments have also started on the development of the former police and justice complex and they will also be building a four-storey hotel facing Parry Street.

Freo is on the move to bigger and better things!

Roel Loopers

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