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ZINONGO FOR COLOURFUL BATHROOMS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, home, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 5, 2020

 

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Tired of your boring white bathroom basin, or in the process of renovating or building a new house?

Go check out the gorgeous colourful basins at the Zinongo Gallery on Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield and meet the charming potter Njalikwa Zongwe.

Njalikwa creates many more things than basins, so go and have a browse this weekend!

Roel Loopers

LARGE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT BURT STREET

 

There is finally some movement on the long awaited development at Fremantle’s Burt Street, just up from the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The State Government has partnered with Edge Visionary Living in the $ 129 million project to build 265 residential apartments, some commercial spaces and six live-work artist’s studios.

There will be mainly two-bedroom or smaller apartments, with some premium three-bedroom ones, and some ‘compact studios’.

10-15 per cent of the apartments will be reserved for social housing.

The development will include six unique live-work artist rental studios and a maker space to inspire creative pursuits and help emerging artists to access affordable accommodation and workspace within the Fremantle area.

Local community input will inform the creation of amenities to complement the surrounding area including social gathering areas, active play zones, outdoor arts engagement, green spaces, walking and cycling pathways and a small portion of space for commercial uses.

The project will also explore ways to implement sustainable initiatives that can help reduce waste, and also reduce water and energy use.

The 1.4-hectare site will be developed in stages. Following a period of community consultation and development approvals, the first stage of works is expected to start in October 2021.

Roel Loopers

LIVING SOCIAL IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2020

 

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I noticed when walking past that there are still a few apartments for sale at the SOCIAL in Henry Street.

Living in Fremantle’s historic West End must be very special, so if you are in the market check it out!

Roel Loopers

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GOOD DEVELOPMENT NEWS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2020

 

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There is more good development news for Fremantle, with neighbours of the former Energy Museum site at Parry Street receiving information from the Match Group that the M/27 apartment building construction will start soon.

The four-storey building, facing Fremantle Park, will have forty 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and only a few are still available.

This is a very welcome development in the east of the Fremantle CBD that will help the activation of the area.

In that context it is interesting to read the opinion of Peter Hobbs, WA president of the Institute of Australian Architects in the West Australian this morning.

Hobbs advocates for more three to five-storey buildings to achieve the urban infill density, instead of highrise buildings. Read the article on page 50 of the West!

Roel Loopers

 

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DAVIS PARK STRUCTURE PLANS AT COUNCIL

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, development, housing, lifestyle, living by freoview on May 26, 2020

 

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Below some information about the new structure plans for Davis Park, the Heart of Beaconsfield project. It will go before Fremantle Council this Wednesday and the agenda item can be viewed in full on the City of Fremantle website. Click on agendas and minutes.

The structure plan itself is divided into sub-precincts to facilitate a mixture of residential and commercial development at a range of densities (refer Figure 1 above). Broadly speaking, the proposal comprises of the following:

Land Use

  •   The plan shows a mostly residential precinct, and states an aim of providing for a variety of different housing types. Each precinct, aside from the Mixed Use precinct along South Street, has a low-to-medium residential density ranging between R30 and R80.
  •   A Mixed Use precinct is proposed along South Street and has been allocated a high density coding of R-AC0. The Structure Plan provides for up to 4,600sqm retail floor space within this. The Mixed Use zone is intended to act as an expansion of the existing Beaconsfield local centre on South Street, immediately to the east.
  •   The existing educational establishment (childcare) centre adjacent to Davis Park is proposed to be retained. The child care centre site is shown on the structure plan map as being reserved for ‘Education’ purposes.

    Access and Transport

  •   A new access road into the structure plan area is proposed from South Street, continuing the same alignment as Nannine Avenue to the north. A set of traffic signals is proposed at this intersection.
  •   The plan seeks to facilitate a north-south connection through the precinct via a public access way (‘green link’) to provide access between Davis Park, Doig Place and Lefroy Road.
  •   Conversion of internal cul de sac roads into through-roads is also proposed; this would also allow for improved east west and north south connectivity for both vehicles and pedestrians.

    Public Open Space

  •   The public open space at the centre of the precinct Davis Park is shown as being retained and expanded to the north. The expanded park provides the required 10 percent open space contribution, as required by state policy.
  •   The structure plan also shows integration of the existing child care centre (Fremantle Early Learning Centre) into the Davis Park open space.

 

Public submissions can be send in until June 21, so take part in the democratic process. Most of the land is owned by the Department of Communities, so the the state government will have considerable input on what will happen with the area.

Roel Loopers

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THIS ALSO IS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on May 11, 2020

 

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Three photos I took on Sunday in Fremantle. The surfboard on a balcony in a new residential apartment block tells its own story, as does the little takeaway coffee window in Silver Street.

I also like the door at the Gateway B&B on the corner of Wray Avenue.

Roel Loopers

WA SUPPORT FOR TENANTS AND LANDLORDS

 

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This is not a pause on rent over this period. If a tenant can’t pay their rent, they will still have to pay it later.

But the measures to help landlords and tenants through these challenging and uncertain times include:

1. A moratorium on eviction for six months. There will be exceptions in limited circumstances.

2. A ban on rent increases during the State of Emergency period.

3. Providing that any fixed term tenancy agreement due to expire during the State of Emergency period will continue as a periodic agreement.

4. Relieving lessors of the obligation to conduct ordinary repairs if the reason they cannot do so is COVID-19 related financial hardship or a lawful restriction on movement.

5. Enabling a tenant to end a fixed term tenancy prior to its end date without incurring break lease fees. Tenants will still be liable for damage and rent arrears.

The laws will apply equally to tenants in public and private housing, park homes as well as boarders and lodgers.

We are all in this together, and I urge landlords and tenants to talk to each other and work out a way forward.

For more information visit the Consumer Protection website: https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/…/covid-19-coronavirus-consu…

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ISOLATING BEHIND BEAUTY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on March 25, 2020

 

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Life goes on, and must go on, so a photo of the very nice balcony shutters at the brand-new The Social apartments in Freo’s Henry Street, where the Workers Club used to be.

Roel Loopers

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VERY MODERN FREO LIVING

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2020

 

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I noticed this nice little residential development in progress on Wray Avenue, designed by Freo architect Ben Braham.

Roel Loopers

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DISABLED FRIENDLY LITTLE LANE DEVELOPMENT

 

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I am delighted to hear that the Little Lane residential development on the former Fremantle Spotlight site in Adelaide Street will have ten apartments for people with a disability.

Not for profit organisation Summer Housing intends to have 300 rental units for people with a disability by 2020 in Fremantle, Subiaco and Joondalup, and Little Lane is one of them.

Summer Housing buys 11 apartments in luxury residential buildings, and modifies only one bedroom in each unit to suit disabled people. One apartment is for a support worker to live on site to assist the disabled people in the 10 apartments. Brilliant!

Roel Loopers

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