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POLICE LOOKING FOR NEW FREO STATION

Posted in city of fremantle, cruise, law&order, police, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 14, 2019

 

WA Police are looking for a new and more suitable site for a new Fremantle police station in the east of Fremantle, so there are a few options available to them.

The St John’s ambulance site in Parry Street will be vacated in due course when the ambos move to O’Connor, and there are two vacant sites near that, one next to St Patrick’s in Queen Victoria Street and one in Beach Street next to the Australia Hotel. The Shacks Holden car dealership sites  at Queen Victoria Street on either side of Finnerty Street are also for sale

While so much police presence in the West End has been reassuring for the community traders and shoppers will no doubt welcome the return of the parking bays in High and Short streets that are now reserved for police vehicles.

I only hope the new police complex will actually be in Fremantle and will not move further away to Melville.

Roel Loopers

OLD FREO NEWS STILL GOOD NEWS

Posted in city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on June 20, 2019

 

It must be slow news time or sheer desperation for a good news story that The City of Fremantle and Mayor Brad Pettitt are re-posting an article in Business News about Andrew-Twiggy-Forrest’s investments in Fremantle.

It is old news that Forrest’s companies have bought the Orient Hotel in High Street for $ 4.6 million and the Spicers carpark on the corner of William and Henderson streets from Sirona Capital for $ 7.6 million, as well as 45 Phillimore Street for $ 2.7 million.

So yes, shout it out loud that Andrew Forrest has invested $ 15 million in Freo over the last 15 months and that it is a sign of confidence in Fremantle’s economic rebirth.

Roel Loopers

QUARRY STREET DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES

 

The first item on Wednesday’s Fremantle Council Strategic Planning and Transport Committee is an interesting and challenging one because it is about the City-owned properties 9-15 Quarry Street.

Proposals for the development of the sites have been controversial and not to the liking of local residents who want to retain the low-rise streetscape on the southern side of Quarry Street while it is more likeley that developers would want to build medium to high density there.

The officers recommend to:

Introduction of a uniform zoning of Mixed Use and residential density of R80 with a plot ratio of up to 1, across the lots.

Introduction of specific building height limits and setbacks, to reflect the site’s location and facilitate a transition between high and low density.

Introduction of policy controls to include specific boundary wall, overshadowing, interface and pedestrian access link controls.

Councillors and staff held an on-side workshop on April 1 this year and the agenda state that:

The following broad parameters were discussed at the informal Councillor workshop:

Priority for residential land use given the need to encourage more people to live near central Fremantle, without excluding the potential for a modest mixed use component;

A residential coding of a medium-high density (achieving an equal or greater yield to that under current zoning – previously estimated around 34 dwelling units – refer to December 2018 report);

Diversity of dwelling types is preferred but should not be prescribed beyond the new requirements recently introduced into the R-Codes Volume 2 by Design WA;

Building height up to 4 storeys (reflective of provisions already applicable to Lots 2 and 1 and its associated sub-area) in the centre of the site with lesser heights on the boundaries with existing low density residential (including that to the south-west);

A higher quality design outcome is desired on site, as far as this can be achieved through traditional planning processes (noting the much stronger emphasis on this aspect established in the new R-Codes Volume 2 by Design WA);

Existing vegetation should be encouraged to be retained but not be prescribed beyond the new requirements recently introduced into the R-Codes Volume 2 by Design WA;

There should be specific provision on where boundary walls should be permitted, along with minimum setbacks for upper floors to limit bulk and overshadowing on neighbouring properties;

Pedestrian access should be incorporated through the site to provide a connection to Fremantle Park and to potentially activate the ‘dead’ corner at the back of the site

The site walk-around reinforced local community concerns about excessive bulk and height, impacts on amenity, the suitability of the site to accommodate non-residential uses and concerns about design quality. Support was expressed for the proposed pedestrian connection into Fremantle Park.

There have been suggestions made to use the sites for age-care and affordable housing and Slavin Architects released plans on how good low-rise development could be achieved at Quarry Street.

The sites are very well located close to the railway station, high frequency buses, the Leisure Centre and Arts Centre, shopping, schools, Fremantle Park, Princess May Park, etc.

It will have to be seen if developers are interested at all as there are a lot of apartments still vacant at Heirloom and LIV and the proposed Hilton development could not manage any pre-sales of the apartments on offer there.

The residential development of the former  Energy Museum, which is very close to 9-15 Quarry Street has also not eventuated although the Match group has stated it will go ahead with it.

Any other ideas for the sites? Share it with the Freo community!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HERITAGE CAR PARK

Posted in accommodation, architecture, cars, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on May 20, 2019

 

car park

 

Fremantle has so many hidden treasures and I ‘discovered’ this car park of the former warehouse at Little High Street this morning.

The entrance is at Phillimore Street and the excellent adaptive re-use of the former warehouse into residential apartments was done by Freo architect Ralph Hoare.

The unit on the corner of High Street, opposite Chalkys cafe, is for sale for just over $ 2 million as I understand it.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE DEVELOPMENT PIPE LINE OR PIPE DREAM?

 

 

 

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Today

 

Worrying signs in Fremantle for the Hilton Doubletree hotel and Ancora apartments development on the corner of Point and Adelaide Street.

The SKS Group who owns the site has been delaying the development for years and were supposed to commence this October, but all promotional signage has been removed from the sales office, and only one sign remains standing at the carpark.

On their website SKS states that a glut of hotel development might end up in many vacant rooms due to a decline in WA tourist numbers, but that is no longer the case with WA recording the highest increase in tourist numbers in Australia recently.

SKS received planning approval for a six-storey 150 rooms hotel and 98 residential apartments, but have been reluctant to start the development.

There are other residential developments in the pipeline for Fremantle, but will they become reality with the residential market being very slow? It’s a worry!

Roel Loopers

 

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THE SOUTH FREO POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

Posted in city of fremantle, dogs, pet, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2019

 

pooper

 

A picture says a thousand words. Spotted this in South Fremantle an hour ago. It is a typical pot calling the kettle black situation as the tiny piece of land does not actually looks well cared for.

Pick up after your dog? What a pooper.

Roel Loopers

FREO GATEWAY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, city planning, development, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2019

 

Shacks 1

Shacks 2

 

The opportunity for two large Fremantle gateway developments are on offer with the two Shacks Holden properties at Queen Victoria being put up for sale.

The two properties on either sides of James Street are more than 11,000sqm, with one of them next to the Heirloom warehouse apartments and opposite the LIV Defence Housing residential building.

One site is 3,464sqm and the other 6,725sqm and offer fantastic opportunities to make a stunning entry statement to Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL SITE SOLD TO TWIGGY FORREST

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2019

 

I am not sure if it is good or bad news for Fremantle that the Point Street carpark site, that was destined to become a Hilton Doubletree hotel has been sold by the SKS Group to Twiggy Forrest’s Minderoo Group for $ 7,3 million.

Andrew-Twiggy-Forrest’s companies already own the Orient Hotel and Spicers carpark site in Fremantle and have indicated they want to invest more in our city, which is a sign of confidence in Fremantle Council and our city’s future.

There has been considerable apprehension at the City of Fremantle if the SKS Group would go ahead with the Hilton Doubletree hotel project at all, so at least that uncertainty has now been removed and all we can hope for is that the new owners will do a great development of the site soon and build something special there.

Roel Loopers

HILTON FENCES DEBATE ON AGAIN

 

Fences in the Fremantle suburb of Hilton have been debated at Fremantle Council frequently lately because of unauthorised and inappropriate fences being built by home owners.

On Wednesday the Hilton fences policy will come before the Strategic Planning and Transport Committee with the officers proposing only minor changes. The policy would basically remain the same but with some flexibility to allow for variations.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
Council:
1. Resolves to endorse the following modification to Clause 1.5 of the Hilton
Garden Suburbs Precinct Heritage Area Local Planning Policy 3.7 for the
purposes of community consultation:
1.5Street Walls and Fences
1.5.1 Street walls and fencing forward of the building line shall be a
maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be visually permeable
above 300 millimetres.
1.5.2 For properties located on South Street, between Stock Road and
Lee Avenue, front fencing shall be visually permeable above 1.2
metres to a maximum height of 1.8 metres, with piers no higher
than 2.0 metres.
1.5.3 Solid masonry (brick) rear fencing shall be permitted for those
properties backing onto Stock Road to a maximum height of 2.0
metres.
Council may, at its discretion, vary the requirements of clause 1.5.1
where it is satisfied that the proposed street wall and/or fence:
a. Is consistent with character of the prevailing streetscape (including,
in relation to this clause only, the house directly across the street and
the three houses on either side of that opposing house, where these
are located within the Hilton Heritage Areas) AND maintains clear
surveillance between the street and the dwelling; or
b. is a maximum of 1.5m in height and a minimum of 80% visually
permeable.
2. Request the preparation of community engagement material including clear
explanations and diagrams and undertake consultation on the proposed
changes to Clause 1.5 of the Hilton Garden Suburbs Precinct Heritage Area
Local Planning Policy 3.7 in accordance with Local Planning Policy 1.3 and
the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.
3. Notes that the conduct of the review of the fencing provisions of the Hilton
Garden Suburbs Precinct Heritage Area Local Planning Policy 3.7 responds
to the review requested in the petition presented to Council on 12 December 2018.

Roel Loopers

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MORE YOLK DEVELOPMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, property, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2019

 

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dev 2

 

Very good to see that the large block on the corner of Sussex Street and South Terrace, that has been vacant for far too many years, will soon be developed.

The Yolk Property Group has bough the site, so I think we can expect a residential development there and that would be very good.

Stay tuned for the development proposal.

Roel Loopers

 

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