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POINT STREET DEVELOPMENT SALES OFFICE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on October 12, 2017

 

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New signs of things to come in central Fremantle with the SKS Group finally putting a sales office on the corner of Adelaide and Point streets for the ANCORA, the Freo Way of Life planned residential and Hilton Hotel development.

I was surprised and a bit worried to note that there is no reference on the signs to the Hilton Doubletree hotel that is supposed to be part of the development.

It is just up the road from the Little Lane planned development on the former Spotlight, now MANY 2.0 site, and will be opposite the planned new Woolstores shopping centre mixed-use development of commercial, residential and hotel.

ANCORA offers one-bedroom apartments from $ 349,00, two-bedroom from $ 520,000 and three-bedroom from $ 725,000. The sales office will be open on weekends and development is planned to start in early 2020.

The run-down area between Cantonment and Adelaide streets from Queen Street to Princess May Park is in urgent need of modernisation, but unfortunately the boring architecture of the planned buildings is very disappointing and a worry.

 

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HOW DESIRABLE IS URBAN INFILL?

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2017

 

Fremantle LIV Defence Housing apartment development seen from Quarry Street.

 

There is an interesting article about urban infill in the West Australian today by the president of the Property Council of WA Tanya Trevisan.

Trevisan reports and reflects on a recent collaborative study by the PCA, Curtin University and CODA architects.

The study found that if the state’s infill target was increased from 47 per cent to 60 per cent, WA could save $ 23 billion by 2050.

According to the report supplying infrastructure to greenfield development costs up to three times more than urban infill development.

Tanya Trevisan argues that urban infill, when done well, offers balanced and diversity of housing. She writes that infill creates stronger communities and maximises the effectiveness of existing infill.

There is no doubt for me that the Perth urban sprawl is not sustainable and the Great Australian Dream of one’s own house with front and back garden can’t be sustained in our fast-growing city.

However, due to the mining bust, thousands of people have left the state, and fewer move or migrate to W.A. so our need for extensive residential development is also diminishing for the time being.

There have been serious social issues around the world with high-density living, so not all is good.

I believe there is also the need for new public transport nodes outside the inner character cities, because inner city living is often too expensive for those on lower income, students, etc. Building medium to high density in some outer pockets, where good public transport is provided, is essential as we can’t just stuff our unique centres with large concrete boxes, and destroy their character.

Tomorrow evening at 5.30 there is a Housing Forum at the Moore&Moore cafe in Freo’s Henry Street, so check it out!

 

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FREO NEEDS FAMILY FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, family, living, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

Interesting to read that there is an increasing demand for big 3-4 bedroom apartments by people who want to down-size from a house to a unit.

There is and oversupply of small 1-2 bedroom apartments in the Perth metropolitan area and some planned projects have been put on hold or cancelled because supply well exceeds demand in these difficult economic times.

The demand is for extra and larger living spaces for families and also for the 3rd or 4th bedroom to be used as a home office.

I believe this is relevant for Fremantle where new residential apartments don’t appear to cater for singles and couple, but not for families.

Freo is a family city and we love kids and it would be a shame if new infill development did exclude families because the units are too small and not family friendly.

 

Roel Loopers

LIV AND LET LIVE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The LIV apartment development by Defence Housing in Fremantle’s east end is fast taking shape as these photos taking from Quarry Street show.

The building is opposite the recently opened Heirloom apartments so it will substantially add to the activation and beautification of the area.

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LITTLE LANE INNER CITY LIVING

Posted in city of fremantle, development, living, Uncategorized by freoview on June 23, 2017

 

The Little Lane residential development on the former Spotlight site at the Westgate Mall will have a display suite opening soon at 52 Adelaide Street. See http://www.littlelane.com.au

The seven-storey development will be real inner city living as it is just a minute away from Kings Square.

It will offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and ground-level retail. The rooftop will be full of solar panels which means residents will get 10% off their electricity bills.

While I am disappointed with the uninspiring architecture of the seven-storey building I like the little lane idea for the drab Westgate Mall a lot.

Retail incubator MANY 2.0 is occupying the Spotlight building until development start and a new cafe there has just opened, so go an support all those small local businesses. They are open Thursday-Sunday.

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WEST END DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on June 12, 2017

 

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Out of curiosity I wandered into the cavernous carpark opposite the former Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street on the weekend, as I had been seeing tradesmen going in and out for a few months, to discover there is a development going on in there.

It is on the corner of High and Henry streets where years ago they wanted to build a large hotel, but the sign states it is going to be a residential/commercial development, and it looks like it’s only three storey high.

There are also good plans to develop the former Fremantle Workers Club into residential apartments, so two good developments will make that part of Henry Street a whole lot more attractive and will add to activation of the West End.

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LIV DEVELOPMENT GROWING FAST

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle by freoview on April 3, 2017

It is very lively and productive at the LIV residential development at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets.

It is a very large development by Defence Housing straight opposite the beautiful Heirloom by Match development.

The east end of Fremantle is going through a well-overdue facelift that will improve the run down area dramatically.

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HOW MANY PEOPLE TO CHANGE THE LIGHTS IN FREO?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 23, 2017

It seemed out of proportion that light pollution at the Shacks car dealer in Queen Victoria Street had to go to full Fremantle council. I appreciate that it must be a nuisance for the residents of the apartments behind the alfresco showroom that the strong lights on high posts shine into their rooms, but why the issue could not be resolved by the administration is concerning.

This is a problem that has a very simple solution and is something camera lighting crews deal with daily when they make movies. One controls light spill by putting flaps around the lights and at Shacks those lights also need to be angled much further downward so that they only light up the cars on displays.

This should not have gone all the way to the Elected Members who have got enough and far more serious and important things on their plate.

Also on the agenda:

It looks like the former KULCHA space above the Dome cafe in the Evan Davies building at the Cappuccino Strip will finally be used again for a music and restaurant venue.

Councillor Jon Strachan expressed his deep frustration that this great space in the centre of the city had been vacant for three years, at yesterday’s Fremantle Council meeting.

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NEW APARTMENTS FOR FREMANTLE WORKERS CLUB

Posted in architecture, development, fremantle, real estate by freoview on November 8, 2016

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The Fremantle Workers Club in Henry Street is due for development with signs being put up to promote the Social on Henry spacious boutique apartments in the heart of the historic West End.

There will be 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and starting price is $ 495,000.

Check it out on their website.

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DAP REFUSES EIGHT-STOREY BUILDING IN ADELAIDE STREET

Posted in architecture, building, city of fremantle, development by freoview on November 7, 2016

 

A WA Joint Development Assessment Panel this morning rejected the application by the Yolk Property Group for a very boring eight-storey apartment development at 52 Adelaide Street, Fremantle, on the former Spotlight site.

The panel of five member which included Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Andrew Sullivan rejected the proposal by 4-1. Surprisingly only Councillor Sullivan believed the project should be approved and that is very disappointing.

The Yolk group can now apply for a ruling of the State Administrative Tribunal, so we’ll know the outcome of that in a few months, if they take that road.

For me the eight-storey height in that location was not a big issue although I believe it should be capped at seven storey along Adelaide Street, but the proposed building was ugly and mediocre and not at all sympathetic to the unique Freo character.

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