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MORE NEW HOMES IN WHITE GUM VALLEY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, home, living, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2019

 

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A large residential development is under construction in White Gum Valley. The boundaries of the East Village by Landgate are Montreal, Blinco, Wood and Knutsford streets, so a welcome addition to Fremantle.

It is close to public transport, Booyeembara Park, the golf course and Monument Hill.

As a demonstration project, East Village in Fremantle will be a living laboratory, delivering valuable lessons from real-life initiatives to support a more sustainable way of living.

A range of water initiatives have been designed to bring Waterwise living to life at the estate. Other features will include electric vehicle fast charging, solar panels and battery storage, share electric vehicle scheme, quality landscaped private and public spaces.

The estate will deliver Australia’s first blockchain ready homes, with new residents participating in leading trials of this new technology. Residents will be supported to embrace One Planet Living through a range of innovation initiatives.

Roel Loopers

FREO CAPPUCCINO STRIP SITE FOR SALE

Posted in brewery, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, hospitality, property, Uncategorized by freoview on September 18, 2019

 

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The prominent Monk Brewery site on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is for sale.

Savills Australia has the 923 square metre site listed, but no worries for the fans of the brewery. Their lease expires in April next years but they do have a five year option to extend that.

Does anyone remember when Miss Maud was there? ; >)

Roel Loopers

FREO TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR SALE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, property, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2019

 

Technical College

 

I hear the Fremantle Technical College opposite the Fremantle Markets is for sale, so what would the Freo community like to see there?

It would be great if it could be converted into student accommodation for Notre Dame University, or made into a lovely boutique hotel.

The building is state heritage listed but in a prime location so I am sure it will be sold fast.

Roel Loopers

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PETITION AGAINST FREMANTLE PUBLIC LAND SALE

 

I came across this petition on Change.org that was started by Arts Centre Precinct resident Paula Amaral. It has 126 signatures currently.

A petition calling for a moratorium on the sale of Fremantle publicly owned land to private developers.

Available land near our City centre is at a premium because it is accessible to public transport and walking distance to shops and other amenities.

At present our City has a few vacant sites of publicly owned land, destined to be sold to private developers. Some of this land is owned by the State government, and some by the City of Fremantle. It used to have mostly social value, but now seems to have only financial value.

Once the land is sold to private developers, it will be lost to the community forever.

These are our assets and we should have a say in whether selling them to private developers purely to retire civic debt is really in the best interests of the community.

We are all aware of the rise of homelessness in our streets and the increase in poverty, which leads to terrible costs to our society. Research is showing a great need for affordable housing and facilities, not only for the visible homeless but all those at risk of homelessness.

For the last 30 years the policy of selling publicly owned land to private developers has significantly contributed to the lack of affordable housing in our City.

We are petitioning for a moratorium on the sale of our publicly owned land before it is too late. Let’s stop this practice which has contributed so much to social disadvantage and inequality.

 

Roel Loopers

PERTH WANTS WHAT FREMANTLE ALREADY HAS

 

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It is interesting to note that while a small group of Freo people do not like Notre Dame University in Fremantle’s historic West End the biggest retailers and property owners in Perth have called for more residential apartments and a big university for the inner city there to boost trade and stop the decline in retail.

Many cafes in Freo’s CBD would not survive without the patronage of NDA students and staff and the vibrancy it brings to the West End during the day should not be underestimated.

That does not mean there is no room for improvement and Notre Dame really needs to get serious about providing student accommodation so that more of them will live in Fremantle and become a real part of our community.

The new masterplan they are developing might be a good way forward to activate the street level of NDA buildings and open the courtyards for more community events.

Roel Loopers

 

WHITE GUM VALLEY VERGES LOOKING GREAT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, gardening, green space, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 21, 2019

 

 

Driving through White Gum Valley it looks like there is a Valley Verges project going on with many home owners planting verge gardens and even vegetable gardens.

They are assisted by the City of Fremantle’s Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme which offers free mulch and street trees, subsidised native plants and expert advise.

It’s looking great already!

Roel Loopers

HISTORIC SPACES FOR LEASE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, heritage, local government, property, Uncategorized by freoview on July 26, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle is looking for expressions of interest to lease three properties in town.

Historic Victoria Hall is available for lease, after attempts by the City to sell it failed.

Also for lease, but for community purposes only, is the St John’s ambulance site at Parry Street. I am not sure what happened with the memorandum of understanding the City signed for that building with a soccer club.

And for lease again is the old Weighbridge Station in the roundabout at Phillimore Street. It has no connection to water or sewerage so that will limit its use.

More information is on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers

 

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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

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