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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.

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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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FREO’S MOONDYNE JOE PUB FOR SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, property, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Moondyne Joe pub on the corner of Wray Avenue and Hampton Road is up for sale, so if you’ve got a few spare dollars under the bed attend the auction on August 30.

The site will be sold as an ongoing concern and has the potential for future mix-use development.

 

Also for sale is the World of Renovation building in historic High Street, so check out the SCOOP real estate website for details.

Roel Loopers

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FREO LIV APARTMENTS NEARING COMPLETION

 

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All the scaffolding around the LIV apartment building in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets have now come down, so I had another good look at the massive development.

I still do not like the monotonous long facade along Queen Victoria Street and also don’t like the design along Quarry Street very much.

Strangely, for this self-proclaimed architecture expert, the very modern south side of Queen Victoria Street, which overlooks Fremantle Park, works the best. The big and  high windows create a lightness that I would have liked to see duplicated at Quarry Street.

The Rick Vermey public artwork in the piazza is a stunning feature that will attract many art lovers.

The Defence Housing LIV is due to open this month, so check the media, or better even Freo’s View, for when it will be open to the public to have a look at.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE ESPLANADE HOTEL FOR SALE

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, esplanade, hospitality, hotel, property, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 2, 2018

 

Fremantle’s iconic Esplanade Hotel is for sale! The historic hotel which opened in 1897 is on the market and is expected to attract offers of around $ 110 million.

The  300 room hotel was sold by long-time owner Marylyn New only six years ago in 2012 for just $ 90 million.

The Esplanade Hotel  has been refurbished and restored and is receiving most of its revenue from tourist accommodation and conferences.

It is being sold with a 3043sqm site opposite the hotel at 7 Essex Street, that has 172 parking bays, and a 78sqm leased retail tenancy and a 314sqm office.

I am not sure if Marine House, opposite the hotel, has been sold yet. It was put on the market about half a year ago.

CBRE’s Aaron Desange, Ryan McGinnity and Chloe Mason have been appointed to sell the hotel, so if you got a hundred million dollars under the bed, contact them.

 

Roel Loopers

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