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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.