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DEMOLITION OF FREO CIVIC CENTRE TO START SOON

 

Demolition of the City of Fremantle civic building at Kings Square will start next month, with preliminary work and asbestos removal by DELTA Pty Ltd. The demolition is estimated to be completed by October this year.

Vibration monitoring will be conducted to safeguard the integrity of the heritage listed Townhall and any demolition work immediately adjacent to the Townhall will be done by hand if required.

Daily air monitoring will also take place during asbestos removal by a third-party hygienist.

Roel Loopers

 

SUPPORT OUR FREO TRADERS!

 

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I haven’t received the Fremantle  Kings Square Business Directory yet, what about you?

We can collect them also at the Visitor Centre at Kings Square if they don’t land in our letter box, so that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow morning.

It is vitally important to support our local traders during the Kings Square Redevelopment Project construction period, so make an extra effort please and shop local, have a second or third coffee/tea/drink and don’t bother cooking at home but have your meals in town.

Roel Loopers

TREE RELOCATION AT KINGS SQUARE

 

 

Three London Plane trees have now been relocated to the north of the Townhall and two more will move west of the St John’s church on Monday.

It is disappointing that four of the Moreton Bay fig trees will have to be removed-two already have, because of poor health and public safety concerns, but it is not the ‘distressing news and unprecedented carnage’ the always negative Fremantle Society president calls it.

Good news in fact is that Council might decide to transplant two new Moreton Bay fig trees at Kings Square as that was successfully done some 50 years ago on the corner of Cantonment and Market streets.

The London Plane trees look good and will provide much needed shade when public events are held at the new modernised Kings Square in a couple of years.

Roel Loopers

 

FUNDING FOR FREMANTLE KINGS SQUARE PROJECT

 

First State Super, Sirona Capital and Altis Property Partners announced they have signed a $190m funding package agreement, comprising construction and term debt, for the Kings Square Fremantle redevelopment.

Kings Square Fremantle is underwritten by a 15-year lease to the WA State Government for 20,000sqm over five levels and across two buildings to accommodate some functions of the Department of Communities, mainly Housing.

The project also includes the introduction of FOMO (Fremantle on My Own), a new urban retail, food and dining destination in a concept which is authentically Fremantle, and the full refurbishment of the 830 bay multi-deck Queensgate car park.

Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly said he was excited to have First State Super on board as a funding partner for the transformational Kings Square Fremantle project. “What sets this project apart from others is that we have actively sought to conceptualise, plan and deliver it in ways that reset traditional thinking for projects of this type, size and scale,”

 

TREERIFIC KINGS SQUARE!

 

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The relocation of the London Plane trees at Fremantle’s Kings Square started this morning. It is a major and impressive operation, so it was fun to watch and photograph.

The trees are being relocated to the north of the Townhall to make way for the construction of the new civic centre as part of the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The other London Plane trees will be moved tomorrow, Friday and next week on Monday, so be aware that  traffic through that part of Adelaide and William Street and parking will be restricted.

Roel Loopers

KINGS SQUARE DIRECTORY TO SUPPORT LOCAL TRADERS

 

Sirona Capital Managing Director Matthew McNeilly and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt with the directory

 

 

The Kings Square Fremantle Business Directory is a joint initiative by the City of Fremantle and Sirona Capital to support Fremantle traders who are affected by the Kings Square Redevelopment Project.

The directory is being distributed to more than 15,000 households in the Fremantle area to promote the diverse range of retail and food and beverage offerings surrounding Kings Square.

The 44 page booklet is designed to support local traders through the construction period of arguably the most important redevelopment project in the port city’s history.

The business directory, which includes vouchers and promotion of businesses adjacent to Kings Square is one of many ways the City and Sirona have supported local traders since the project commenced late last year.

Other initiatives have included:

# one hour free on-street parking in surrounding streets
# directional signage and site fence advertising with ‘Shop local and support Freo traders’ messaging
# bunting and pole wraps to attract people and showcase the Kings Square retail precinct
# free parking permits for customers of businesses directly affected by the recent Queen Street road closures
# regular face-to-face contact with traders to share information and discuss ideas for promoting the area
# a series of ‘trader forums’ where local businesses receive project updates and can provide feedback and ask questions of project staff
# free advertising space for local businesses in construction workforce lunchrooms
# free custom designed outdoor signage for eligible local businesses.

Construction of the new buildings will commence soon and that means hundreds of workers in Fremantle, so hopefully that too will support our struggling local traders!

Roel Loopers

 

CHRISTMAS TREE REMOVED FROM KINGS SQUARE

 

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If Fremantle Council and the Heritage Council approve it two more Moreton Bay fig trees will be removed from Kings Square due to very poor health and public safety concerns. One of the trees is known as the Christmas Tree, estimated to be between 120-140 years old. Two Moreton Bay fig trees were already removed this week.

Independent arborists, including from the Eastern States, have assessed the trees and found them in very poor health with little hope of recovery.

A large 250mm diametre limb broke off in March last year and it was lucky that no one got injured.

As part of the Kings Square public realm concept Fremantle City is going to plant an urban forrest and relocate the plane trees south of the civic centre to the north of the Townhall.

It will take 18-24 months to source, prepare and transplant appropriate mature trees and the costs for it will be extensive. Council staff is investigating it but at present the cost are estimated to be between $ 15,000-40,000 per tree!

It will be sad to see the gorgeous old trees go, because they have been a real feature on Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S KINGS SQUARE FACELIFT

 

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The latest photos of the Fremantle Kings Square demolition, which is stage one of the redevelopment of our inner city square and hopefully the start of the economic recovery of our city.

If all goes to plan the new buildings and City of Fremantle Civic Centre will open late next year, with Department of Housing staff estimated to move in early 2020 while the FOMO retail concept by Sirona Capital should be up and running in time for Christmas 2019.

It will be a fascinating battle between FOMO and all the shopping centre and Perth’ Forrest Place all trying to get new ideas going that will  change the centres into old town squares and trying to become the heart of the community.

FOMO sounds exciting and Fremantle is a lot more attractive than shopping centres so I’ll back Freo any time.

Roel Loopers

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A LOOK AT THE NEW FREMANTLE LIBRARY

 

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The City of Fremantle has released images of what the new library in the new civic centre at the Townhall will look like.

If al goes to plan the civic centre will open late next year when the entire Kings Square Project should be completed.

The Kerry Hill architects design will bring some class to Freo’s city centre.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO KINGS SQUARE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

 

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The  former MYER building at Fremantle’s Kings Square is a mere skeleton now that the part demolition is at an advanced stage with large sections of the Queen Street facade now also removed.

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