There is a lot of building activity going on in the inner city of Fremantle. The Defence Housing residential site, the former Toyota car dealer site, at Queen Victoria Street is being prepared for development while over the road the Heirloom by Match residential development of the former Dalgety woolstores is well under way.
A bit further up the road east of it a scaffolding tower has gone up to indicate the height of the planned building next to the fuel station, and up at Cantonment Hill the old cottages are looking better and better, while there is also activity at the old Signal Station. Development will also happen soon next to the Australia Hotel on Beach Street.
No one can miss the imposing Atwell Arcade development, and the two developments in Pakenham Street, and it is only a matter of time until the Woolstores shopping centre development will be happening. Fremantle’s economic recovery is on track.
Hopefully we’ll see some activity at Kings Square in 2016 because it has been a very long wait.
The Seashells Hospitality Group will open a new 4.5 star holiday apartments hotel at the new Richmond Quarter on Canning Highway in East Fremantle.
They will occupy the 4th and 5th floor of the building that will have cafes and shops and a tapas rooftop bar. It will have 24 apartments near the East Fremantle Townhall and just a ten-minute drive into Fremantle.
My young and very bearded mate Ross Potter’s art exhibition AS IS opens tonight at the Fremantle Moore Contemporary Art Space in Henry Street.
The photorealist large graphite drawings of heritage buildings are very Freo and very impressive, and it was good to see early this morning that some have already been sold.
Go and have a look and have a good coffee, breaky or lunch at the Moore&Moore Cafe while looking at the show.
Although I am not too impressed with the architectural creativity of most of Fremantle’s new and proposed building development I am delighted to see so many building sites in the inner city and many more starting soon. It is the progress and economic recovery Freo has been waiting for for a very long time, so good to see change is happening to revitalise our city.
Here a ‘still-life’ impression of the Quest Hotel development at Pakenham Street which I took this morning.
Fremantle artist Ross Potter‘s latest exhibition As Is will open this Friday at the Moores Contemporary Art Space in Henry Street.
Ross’ detailed large graphite drawings of historic buildings explore the impact of the creative world on Freo’s heritage buildings and how they can transform a structure’s identity.
Ross works full-time out of the PSArt Space in Pakenham Street and his exhibition will be opened at 6 pm Friday November 13 by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt. The show will be on display till November 22 from 10am to 4 pm daily.
The Atwell Arcade development in inner city Fremantle is going up very fast and is now sticking out above the buildings at Market Street. The estimated time of completion is around April so only six more months to go till we’ll see people moving into the offices and hopefully a good new retailer at ground level.
The revitalisation of Fremantle is well underway with yet another new proposal for residential apartments at Beach Street, next to the Australia Hotel and just opposite the Fremantle Ports passenger terminal.
The development is a two-tower six and seven storey one that will have a shared green landscaped roof deck with stunning views over the port, river and city. It will house 71 apartments and is designed by Hodge Collard Preston Architects.
There will be a 84 car bay stacker in the development and “an abundance of generously sized and landscaped community spaces”
All the development planned for the East of the CBD will see a massive increase in inner city residents, just as the doctor ordered, but it is again a pretty average looking development that has got nothing special or iconic about it and that is the disappointing part of it.
There is an information session at the City of Fremantle on November 5 at 5.30. Enter through the back steps.
I very much like it that there is development going on in inner city Fremantle and that there is even more substantial development just around the corner.
Three massive cranes just a few hundred metres away in the CBD flag progress and revitalisation. There are now two cranes in Pakenham Street and one at the Atwell Arcade. The Elders building development by the Mediterranean Shipping Company at Cliff Street looks impressive and should be finished pretty soon, so a big bonus for the West End.
I also understand the Hilton hotel development at Point Street has received all approvals from the State’s Development Assessment Panel. Of course there is also the huge Defence Housing project at Queen Victoria starting soon, Heirloom is under way, the development of the former Energy Museum site was approved, and Notre Dame University want to develop on the corner of High and Cliff streets. Fremantle is going places!
On my wish list for 2016 is an architecturally stunning iconic building that will compensate a little for the bland boxes.
Interesting to hear today that there are plans to make the upstairs of the Fremantle Orient Hotel on the corner of High and Henry streets into a backpackers for up to 300 people. I am sure the struggling pub downstairs would be pretty delighted about the idea as it would automatically become the home base for all those international visitors.
I find the debate on how to revitalise the West End quite fascinating but also disappointing. Some people come up with the same boring ageist rubbish that it is just nay-saying oldies against young ideas and everything and anything to stop the progress of Fremantle, but that is certainly not true for me personally.
Wanting better quality of entertainment and better quality and creative design of new buildings is not a negative but is a positive contribution to trying to make Fremantle a more vibrant and modern place that compliments the heritage character of our city.
I am not against progress and change. I enjoy change that’s why I migrated twice and why I lived in three different countries for long periods. I have also moved around Fremantle quite a bit and lived in different parts of the city.
But change needs to be good and should not be about accepting everything just because it is new. Change needs to be considered carefully and it needs to address the impact it has on everyone from residents and businesses to visitors to Freo. Good change is great while bad change is often just putting a plaster on something to hide its deficiencies.
Change is not a fight between oldies and youngies, but is a battle for the very best outcome for our city. Disrespectfully dismissing the opinion of older people in our fast ageing society is narrow-minded and pretty stupid really.
I have a lot of contact with younger people. I like it that we are different but also very similar no matter what the age difference is. I treat younger people with the same respect as older ones. I don’t patronse them and I don’t give them the impression that I know everything better. But I do know that because of my life experience I can make a valid, positive and creative contribution to Fremantle because I deeply, genuinely and passionately care about this city and its community!
ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Place, Beaconsfield 6162
The worst kept secret about Freo photographer Roel Loopers is that he loves reflections. I noticed this one in Mouat Street, Fremantle this morning.
A man with an eye for detail is absolutely perfect Councillor talent for Fremantle. Vote for me if you live in Beaconsfield and Hilton and are in the Beaconsfield Ward!
ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.
Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.