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NEW FREO PARKING CONDITIONS FROM TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2017

 

From the City of Fremantle.

Residents can look forward to simpler conditions for their free parking permit.

Effective today (Tuesday 1 August), new conditions will allow City of Fremantle residents to park for free at all standard on-street (kerbside) car parking bays during the following times (including public holidays):

• Valid Monday-Sunday (seven days per week):
° free parking from 9.00–11.00 am. Permit holders must abide
by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
° free parking from 3.00–5.00 pm. Permit holders must abide by
the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
° free parking from 5.00 pm–1.00 am. Time restrictions do not
apply.

The only question left is why there is no free parking from 1am at night to 9am in the morning, but I doubt there will be any parking officers on the beat at those hours. ; >)

Roel Loopers

GOOD RESIDENTS FREE PARKING CHANGES

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2017

 

Fremantle Council has listened to community objections to proposed changes to residents parking permits, that would have ended on-street free parking. Instead it streamlined the conditions that will improve free parking for Freo residents, as it now applies to on-street and off-street parking.

The permit exempts the holder from paying parking fees for all standard on-street (curb side) car parking bays and off-street parking bays in City owned car parks from

  •   Monday-Sunday (7 days per week)
  •   Valid between the hours of 9.00am – 11.00am and between the hours of 3.00pm–5.00pm
  •   Permit holders must abide by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
  •   Valid between the hours of 5.00pm – 1.00am.
  •   Permit holders are exempt from the posted time limits during this period.
  •   This includes Public Holidays.

This is a very good outcome for Fremantle residents and inner city businesses and a good example of flexible and creative governance that responds to community concerns and comes up with better solutions.

Councillors expressed that they hoped the changes would encourage residents to stay in the CBD longer and support local businesses, and that those who want or need to stay longer would use carparks instead of on-street bays, so that they would be left for motorists who only have the need for short-term parking.

Well done Fremantle Council and officers!

 

Roel Loopers

 

NEW ARTWORK FOR FREO MALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 19, 2017

 

The foundations for a new artwork are being put in the Fremantle High Street Mall near the corner of William Street as part of the Atwell Arcade development.

I have not heard who the artist is so stay tuned. I’ll put a photo up as soon as it is there!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE EAST CBD DEVELOPMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, development, economy, hotel, housing, tourism by freoview on March 19, 2017

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.

Roel Loopers

KINGS SQUARE FREMANTLE CITY CENTRE MASTERPLAN

Posted in city of fremantle, kings square, local government by freoview on October 13, 2016

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After a very busy day as volunteer guide at the Roundhouse I am going to be a lazy bugger and just copy the latest media release by the City of Fremantle about the Kings Square and Central City Masterplan below:

The City of Fremantle is progressing with detailed planning work ahead of construction of the $220m Kings Square Project which will transform the heart of Fremantle into a vibrant civic, retail, commercial and community hub.
The current focus for the City is the development of a coordinated masterplan to link public spaces in Kings Square with other key parts of the city centre.

The masterplan will include upgrades to the Kings Square public spaces as well as enhancements to connecting areas including Queen, Adelaide and Point streets and the development of a new public square at the Fremantle Train Station.

“The Kings Square project is a catalyst project with a far greater flow-on benefit for Fremantle than just the development of buildings in the Kings Square precinct itself,” said acting Mayor Dave Coggin.

“The project has always been seen by council as a way to reconnect public spaces in central Fremantle which have become disconnected from the city centre over several decades.

“The current work is focused on how best to upgrade surrounding areas which flow towards Kings Square to ensure the entire city centre is well-connected and a more attractive place for visitors, workers and businesses.

“Sirona has entered commercial negotiations with the Department of Finance, which is the next stage in the state government’s Fremantle office accommodation process and this is very positive and encouraging for the project’s future delivery.

“The current master planning work being undertaken will enable us to deliver what will be a game changing project for Fremantle as soon as possible after these commercial discussions are finalised,” Mr Coggin said.

Kings Square and City Centre Masterplan

As part of ongoing work, the City will develop an over-arching masterplan for the public realm in key city centre precincts. This masterplan will guide the detailed design and sequencing of the individual projects which will see parts of the city upgraded with better roads and footpaths, new street furniture, bike lanes, hard and soft landscaping, public art, lighting and CCTV.

The focus areas in the Kings Square and City Centre Masterplan are:

• Kings Square public realm upgrade
• a new city square at Fremantle Station Precinct
• Queen, Adelaide and Point street upgrades
• City Centre Northern Gateway: Proclamation Tree, Queen Victoria and Parry Street intersection upgrades.

The masterplan also recognises two important public open spaces: Pioneer Park and Princess May Park.

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FREMANTLE EAST CBD DEVELOPMENT CAN BE BETTER

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, western australia by freoview on September 9, 2016

52 Adelaide Street

 

Another much-needed development in Fremantle’s east CBD is closer to getting approval with the Planning Committee of the City of Fremantle on Wednesday recommending approval for the eight-storey residential/mix-use building on the former Spotlight site next to Target and the Westgate mall at Queen Adelaide Street.

Many Freo people refer to that part of town as Little Beirut because it is run down and attracts anti-social behaviour in the area and people are reluctant to wait at the bus stops there. Just a few hundred meters east of it the Hilton Doubletree Hotel development should also be starting in early 2017.

I have commented on the unattractive design of the building here on Freo’s View before but strongly believe that development will improve and activate the east CBD and that is absolutely necessary.

The building is opposite the ugly Johnson Court, that recently received a new coat of paint and looks a tiny bit better.

I agree with Mayor Brad Pettitt’s sentiment that almost anything is an improvement for the area, but don’t agree with him that this is a good development. Fremantle Council and the State’s DAP need to push for more quality architecture and outstanding design and not accept mediocrity, as that is slowly becoming the norm for new development in our beautiful city.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S KINGS SQUARE NEEDS TO BE REVIVED

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle by freoview on March 27, 2016

The Kings Square partnership project contract between the City of Fremanle and Sirona Capital is due for review in a few weeks and the Fremantle community would like to know where from here, as there still has been no announcement by State Government that a department will be relocated to Fremantle and Kings Square.

Will the City extend the contract by another year and keep living in hope, or will the project be abandoned? Will that decision be left to the discretion of retiring CEO Graeme McKenzie or will it go back to full council to make a decision about the future of Kings Square and the shaky partnership?

I hear that Sirona might be willing to purchase the Queensgate building even if the project is not going ahead, but would that be the best outcome for Fremantle? The City would then have to lease back office space from Sirona and also pay rent for many parking bays for staff in the Queensgate building, while selling off a major community asset.

Would the COF still want to go ahead with building the new civic centre designed by Kerry Hill Architects if the project is scrapped and would that make sense? The civic centre alone will do very little to revitalise Kings Square and it would be a very expensive development in the CBD. Maybe the City should consider moving a large number of staff to a new development on the Knutsford Street workshop site, when that is being vacated and it moves to O’Connor in the very near future.

Should the Kings Square project be scrapped it would probably also mean that the Spicers development on the corner of Henderson and William street, opposite the Fremantle Markets, would not go ahead and the carpark there would remain.

I am surprised that in the latest Annual Report Mayor Brad Pettitt expresses his confidence that a State department will move to Fremantle when all the State has done is advertise for expression of interest to lease space in Fremantle to a department. With the precarious financial situation WA is in and the sale of Fremantle Port now also unlikely to proceed it is questionable the State will spend a lot of money on moving a department to Fremantle.

While it is good for Fremantle to see so much mainly residential development happening in the CBD, it is disappointing that the Kings Square project is still in limbo and that the project partners quite clearly have no alternative plans if a State department does not move into the Myer building.

Something new, big and bold needs to happen at Kings Square because the status quo of the old and tired looking civic square is not a great promotion for Freo’s image of a thriving city.

Roel Loopers

PARKLETS MAKE FREO CBD PARKLESS.

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking by freoview on March 18, 2016

parklet

 

The Fremantle CBD has another parklet in Pakenham Street, that makes it the third parklet in that street and the removal of six parking bays. The well-built parklet by Scapes Unlimited is at the Fremantle Backpackers.

Just down the road a new one was installed at the Natural Light cafe and Bread in Common has had one since opening. Together with the parklet in High Street at Lapa, that is rarely used by diners, alfresco dining parklets have removed eight bays from the West End and retailers are not at all happy about it.

Roel Loopers

WILL KINGS SQUARE PROJECT BE SCRAPPED?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square by freoview on March 4, 2016

It is my understanding that the Kings Square partnership project between the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital is due for review in April, so what will happen to the much heralded development plans that were supposed to start the economic revitalisation of Fremantle?

We have been waiting for years for the State Government to announce if/when they will move the Department of Housing to Fremantle. It was supposed to be announced again last December but nothing has eventuated. The joint-venture partners don’t appear too confident this will happen with Many 6100-the former Myer building-now starting a roof top bar again and opening and art space in the basement, while the COF is renting out cheap space for creatives at the Queensgate building.

So who will make the decision to cancel the contract with Sirona? Will it be at the discretion of CEO Graeme McKenzie, who will leave Fremantle at the end of June, or would it have to be ratified by full council?

The partners have been pretty good at living in hope and not revealing much about alternative plans, and accepting the development delays. The assurances made to me personally a year and a half ago at the Moore&Moore cafe by Sirona’s general manager Matthew McNeilly that they had a plan B, C, etc. should Housing not come to the table appear pretty empty now after all this time and no progress whatsoever.

It’s time for a change of plans Fremantle Council, because the Godot-like wait for the development of our city square can’t continue indefinitely and the part-time Many 6100 has not created the retail activation the Freo CBD needs.

Roel Loopers

POP UP PARK FOR HILTON HOTEL SITE?

Posted in city of fremantle, development, fremantle by freoview on February 24, 2016

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Freo’s View reader David sent me some email last night about the now derelict Hilton Double Tree hotel development site on the corner of Point and Queen Adelaide streets. The developers have announced a delay of two years and David suggested the City of Fremantle could do what some eastern state councils do and beautify the area and make it into a park for the time being.

I think the idea is good but the land is no longer owned by the City and insurance issues might also be a consideration.

Does anyone have ideas how we could make a positive out of a negative and make the land near Princess May Park and the old Boys School more attractive?

Roel Looper

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