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DELAY FOR SPICER SITE SETTLEMENT

 

The monthly Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting will be held this coming Wednesday at 6pm and there are some interesting and controversial items listed on the agenda, so why not observe grassroots governance first hand and attend the meeting at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

On the agenda are Destination Marketing, the tavern lease for J Shed, the South Freo Solar Farm, the license with the South Fremantle Football Club for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Strategic Planning Framework, the new Precinct Policy,  and the Dog exercise areas policy.

Surprisingly listed as a confidential item is the request by Sirona Capital for the extension of the settlement for the former Spicer site, which now is the public car park on the corner of William Street and the Henderson Street mall.

The Spicer site development is part of the Kings Square Project the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital signed off on, and an important inner city development. Why does the Council debating the settlement extension request have to be confidential and not open to the public?

By the way, the new convenor for the South Fremantle Precinct is Sean Hefferon.

 

Roel Loopers

 

FREO KINGS SQUARE DEMOLITION UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, sirona capital, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018

 

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The Queen Street facade of the former MYER buildings is now also crumbling down to make way for the facelift of the building and the addition of two floors.

The Queensgate building demolition is nearing the half way mark, so exciting times ahead for Fremantle and the redevelopment of Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

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APARTMENTS FOR FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB BUILDING

 

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While most Fremantle people are aware of the demolition of the Queensgate building and part demolition of the former Myer building at Kings Square another demolition has remained largely unnoticed.

The former Workers Club building in Henry Street is also a demolition site to make way for a four-storey residential apartment development.

It is one of the rare opportunities to develop in the historic West End of Fremantle and the plans for the building look quite attractive, with the former Workers Club facade retained.

Another building in Henry Street, next to the Customs House that was recently bought by Notre Dame University, was auctioned on Friday, but I don’t know if it was sold.

Roel Loopers

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LATEST PHOTOS FROM FREO’S KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

 

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It is amazing how fast the demolition work at Fremantle’s Kings Square is progressing. The former Myer building is looking like a skeleton with large sections between the concrete pillars removed.

The former Queensgate cinema building is one heap of rubble with the demolition crew now peeling back the William Street facade.

I find it fascinating to see how deliberate the demolition work is done. It’s not a big wrecking ball slamming in, but carefully removing sections. The machine was rubbing off the brickwork at the Myer building quite gently.

I took these photos late afternoon on Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

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FREO STUFF MOVIES ARE MADE OFF

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on March 20, 2018

 

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The demolition of the former Fremantle Queensgate cinema building looks like a movie set with the facade along William Street now also tumbling down.

Exciting times for our little port city!

Roel Loopers

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DEMOLITIOUS KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, Uncategorized by freoview on March 10, 2018

 

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Scaffolding at the Queensgate building along William Street will start coming down next week to allow for the demolition of the facade of the building.

After the Newman Court facade and large parts of the building are now demolished the facade at William Street will be pulled back next.

The Fremantle Kings Square project is well under way. It is exciting to watch the progress, with work also speeding up at the former Myer building.

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRUSHER’S DAUGHTER!

Posted in buildings, city of fremantle, development, family, fathers, Uncategorized by freoview on March 3, 2018

 

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The Newman Court facade of the Queensgate building at Fremantle’s Kings Square is almost demolished thanks to the dedicated crusher operator of the DELTA Group demolition team, who worked on the long weekend Saturday.

The crusher operator’s wife and daughters were watching dad at work because it is a special day. The teenage daughter was on the phone with daddy because it is her birthday today. Happy birthday!

There were a lot of people watching and taking photos, so it is a shame the black fences and trees obscure so much of what is going on.

Roel Loopers

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PUBLIC REALM AT FREO’S NEW KINGS SQUARE

 

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As I reported earlier this week Fremantle Council  on Wednesday approved concept plans to upgrade public spaces in Freo’s historic Kings Square. Here some more details.

The key components of the $8 million upgrades which form part of the broader renewal of the Kings Square precinct include:

• more shaded areas, with a 5% increase in tree canopy
• over 2,300sqm of public gardens and grassed areas
• a new outdoor interactive children’s play space with artistic light and sound elements
• a designated church yard and urban garden area
• new paving and street furniture extending further out to the edges of the square
• a greater priority on pedestrians but with the retention of service vehicle access, universally accessible parking and vehicle drop-off zones
• flexible outdoor spaces for events
• wider footpaths to encourage alfresco dining
• historical interpretation including glass floor viewing windows to interpret the former church and other material found in recent archaeological excavations
• enhanced lighting and CCTV coverage.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, development, kings square, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2018

 

 

The ugly fences all around Kings Square have been made a little bit less on the eye with artist’s impressions of the future buildings.

The demolition is going fast and the facade of the Queensgate building is crumbling down daily.

Roel Loopers

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NO GRASS TREES FOR FREO KINGS SQUARE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, kings square, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2018

 

Councillor Jon Strachan was unsuccessful with his motion at Fremantle Council last night to include in the Kings Square Public Realm Concept Design the planting of Balga and/or other native trees to acknowledge Whadjuk Noongar culture.

His fellow councillors believed the Kings Square plans are too far advanced to make significant changes and that grass trees would be more appropriate in other locations in the inner city.

Councillor David Hume suggested Balga trees could be planted when the new railway station forecourt will be designed, but since that project has been planned for some 15 years I believe it would be better if the City planted a circle of grass trees at Pioneer Park as an entry feature for those arriving by train, bus and boat.

 

Roel Loopers

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