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MORE TWIGGY FORREST INVESTMENT IN FREMANTLE

 

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While the Fremantle knockers will always be there, Andrew-Twiggy-Forrest, one of Western Australia’s most prominent business man, is showing confidence in our port city.

The Forrest Family Investments Pty Ltd. intends to purchase the Spicer site on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall from Sirona Capital, once this is agreed on by Fremantle Council on Wednesday.

Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation only a few months ago bought the Orient Hotel in the historic West End and I have been told also another property in Pakenham Street.

The Spicer site is stage three of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project, after the completion of the Myer and Queensgate construction and the City of Fremantle’s new civic centre.

Under the sale contract  the Forrest Family Investments agrees to assume all of Sirona Capital’s obligations in relation to the development of the site.

I believe this is very good news for Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

 

GOOD AFFORDABLE PROPOSAL FOR QUARRY STREET

 

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As reported here on Freo’s View yesterday it is unlikely that Fremantle Council will sign off on a scheme amendment that would increase density of City owned lots in Quarry Street to R100, after the local community opposed it during public consultation time.

But positive members of the Fremantle Arts Centre Precinct, including local architect Murray Slavin, are offering an alternative solution for the development of the lots, which are for sale, that would see an increase from R25 to R60 and buildings of only three storeys.

The proposal is for 42 affordable residencies which include small studio apartments and a mix of two and three bedroom apartments that would include renewable energy, developed within a Mutual Not For Profit Structure.

The proposal is specifically designed for low-cost housing and aged care accommodation, with state of the art IT to accommodate on-line data and a health-ready response to enable the comfort and security of seniors.

The proponents believe the site is particularly appropriate for the elderly and less abled because of its proximity to the Fremantle Leisure Centre and Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Park and public transport. All City of Fremantle facilities for the residents would be within walking distance.

The project responds to the desire to downsizing by empty nest seniors and to the national need for low-cost public housing.

The specifically designed seniors’ apartments respond to the need of a simplified independent lifestyle for older Australians-a transition to delay entry into dedicated aged care facilities.

The project would also accommodate a mix of age groups, which would help against social isolation, and to showcase optimum use of renewable energy and water use, and fast evolving new transport developments.

The item about a possible scheme amendment for the City of Fremantle owned properties  are on on the agenda of Wednesday’s Planning Committee, so come along and have your say. It starts at 6pm at the North Fremantle community Hall on Wednesday December 5.

Roel Loopers

NO HIGHER DENSITY FOR QUARRY STREET?

 

The potential scheme amendment and zoning to R100 density for the properties at 7 and 9-15 Quarry Street in Fremantle is unlikely to proceed because of strong community objections to the idea.

The properties are owned by the City of Fremantle, which wants to sell them, but the community consultation showed that local residents are in favour of zoning the street for low-density R25 instead of medium-density R100.

Main concerns were the impact on the residential amenity of the streetscape, so the officers’ recommendation for this Wednesday Planning Committee is:

The report concludes that whilst there is planning merit in establishing a consistent zoning and suitable transitional density in this location, the complexity of developing mechanisms sufficient to address concerns raised to the satisfaction of the community, and the relatively modest increase in centre catchment/development yield likely to be achieved, does not warrant progressing the matter through all the stages of a formal scheme amendment process.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL DELAY AGAIN

 

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The construction of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site by the SKS Group has been delayed again, with the company telling the City of Fremantle they will now not start the construction of the two-level basement carpark of the hotel before mid next year.

SKS had asked the City less than a year ago to terminate the carpark contract so that they could start building the basement in November this year, but problems with ground water on the site and the very wet winter will again delay the start of construction.

SKS bought the site for $ 11 million from the City of Fremantle in 2012 and planned to build a six-storey mix-use development that would house the 150-rooms four star hotel and the 98 Anchora apartments, as well as retail outlets.

The delays are very frustrating for Fremantle, but while the City of Fremantle has an option in the contract to buy back the site if construction does not start within a reasonable time, SKS basically got the City by the balls, because Fremantle Council does not want the property back and it can’t afford to pay back the $ 11 million either, so that leaves our city in limbo. Waiting seven years for the start of construction is unacceptable SKS!

The good news is that many other developers do not engage in procrastination and delays and that there are many new developments in Fremantle, and the other good news is that there will be more parking over the Christmas period and the first half of next year.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FENCES REQUIRE APPROVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2018

 

It is interesting to note that many property owners appear to be unaware-or pretend to be-that one needs planning approval to build a fence in Fremantle, as one does in other local councils.

On this Wednesday’s Fremantle Council Planning Committee agenda there are four items which deal with the unauthorised erection of fences.

Two of them are in Oldham Crescent, Hilton, one in Swanbourne Street, Fremantle and the other one in Harbour Street in South Fremantle.

The Officer’s Recommendation is for refusal of the fences of three of the four applications, so it will be costly for those three property owners to remove them and build new and approved ones. Be aware of the planning regulations in Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

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LIV ART OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Posted in art, city of fremantle, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2018

 

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I had a whinge yesterday about the Piazza gates being closed at the LIV apartments in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets, but it appears that is only happening on weekends, as the gates were open today.

It finally gave me the opportunity of photographing the fantastic Rick Vermey artwork from different angles.

Roel Loopers

BUT IS IT PUBLIC ART?

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2018

 

 

I have got an issue with the misuse of the percentage for the arts at new developments.

The Fremantle  LIV apartments by Defence Housing were supposed to have a public piazza and thoroughfare between Quarry Street and Queen Victoria Street, so we all could walk under and enjoy the great ‘public’ artwork by Rick Vermey.

However I noticed today that gates have been installed on both sides, so that the public does not have access to the piazza, which makes me wonder when is public art actually public art? One cannot really appreciate how fantastic the art work is unless one can walk underneath it.

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC FREO VICTORIA HALL FOR SALE!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, property, Uncategorized by freoview on October 31, 2018

 

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The City of Fremantle has started to advertise the sale of historic Victoria Hall in High Street, just east of Kings Square.

St John of God church has expressed an interest in the past to purchase it and open the hall to the community. That would probably be the best outcome, as developers would want to build something behind the beautiful hall.

Roel Loopers

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SUSTAINABILITY AT WGVs EVERMORE DEVELOPMENT

 

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The $ 11.5 million, 24-apartment Evermore development on the corner of Stevens Street and Beazley Way in White Gum Valley is ready for occupation.

It is part of the One Planet WGV community apartment project-the first in WA- by the Yolk Property Group and offers solar and battery technology in a strata development, where residents can sell renewable energy.

The Yolk development consists of two buildings, which have one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and according to the sign at the building this morning there are only five of them left.

Home owners are getting a 40 per cent discount on their daytime electricity use and a free solar system at no initial cost, which they can buy after ten years for only $ 1.

Sustainable development is becoming more and more popular with home buyers.

The Evermore development offers a communal outdoor area between the two buildings, with outdoor kitchen, BBQs, entertainment area, vegetable garden, bike repair station and bench seating.

There are nearly 170 solar panels on the rooftops.

Roel Loopers

 

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LIV OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, property, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2018

 

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If you like a sneak preview of the Defence Housing LIV Apartments at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry Streets you can do that this Saturday from 1.30-4pm.

The stunning artwork by Rick Vermey alone is worth the trip, and it will be interesting also to see what the rest of the piazza that connects the two streets looks like.

And if you are looking to move into an apartment that is walking distance from the Fremantle train station with bus stop right in front of the building, go and have a look.

Roel Loopers

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