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FINALLY! FREO WOOLSTORES APPROVAL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2018

 

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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council made a pragmatic decision last night to recommend for conditional approval to JDAP the $ 15 million development by Silverleaf Investments for a six storey mixed-use development of the Woolstores Shopping Centre site. I have no doubt that the Joint Development Assessment Panel, which is the deciding authority, will also approve the development which is well within the local planning scheme and does not require discretionary height concessions.

The development will consist of 141  hotel rooms on levels 2 to 5, retail tenancies and offices, and a basement carpark.

While the proposed new building is not spectacular and not the desired iconic landmark Fremantle Council was hoping for, it is an adequate and acceptable building for the location, Councillors, planning staff and the Design Advisory Committee believe, and so do I.

The proposed building is not excessive in height or excessive in bulk and will modernise the run down inner eastern CBD and help activate the area. It will replace the current eyesore and will hopefully encourage Marilyn New to also soon develop the even worse derelict historic woolstores to the east of it opposite Princess May Park.

The development, together with the already approved Hilton Double Tree hotel at Point Street and the Little Lane residential development in Adelaide Street will revitalise the area 24/7 and make it a safer place for all.

Just down the road the Match Group also intends to develop a four-storey  residential building behind the former Energy Museum building, where 30 per cent of apartments have already pre-sold.

All these developments will be a game changer for the east of the CBD, with Heirloom which opened last year at Queen Victoria Street, and the LIV apartments opening this month, also revitalising that part of Fremantle.

It has been a very very long road for Fremantle based Silverleaf Investments, and councillors last night thanked them for persevering after many refusals and set backs. It is in my opinion a realistic and pragmatic decision by council, as we could have waited for perfection forever and halt progress in that run down part of the city. It is a compromise but a much better outcome than keeping the status quo.

Roel Loopers

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BUSY FREMANTLE PLANNING COMMITTEE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2018

 

Fremantle Council’s Planning Committee last night conditionally approved the application by the Western Australian Planning Commission for a new White Gum Valley 3 lot freehold subdivision at Montreal Street, with the boundaries at Blinco, Knutsford and Wood streets.

There will also be a 36 lot survey strata title subdivision, and an application for the 36, two storey grouped dwellings has been lodged on August 10 and will be assessed by the WA South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel soon.

The former industrial area in White Gum Valley is well suited for residential development and the area could also handle medium to high density in my opinion, and offer affordable, student and social housing within a larger planning scheme.

Also approved last night were two alcohol related applications, one for a tavern and gin distillery, the Fremantle Republic, in Pakenham Street and another one for a small liquor store and deli at Freeman Loop in North Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING FREO LIV APARTMENTS ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, development, lifestyle, living, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on July 31, 2018

 

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The Defence Housing LIV residential apartment complex at Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets is due to open in August and is well under way.

The one feature of the development I am really looking forward to is the public art in the entrance to the piazza by artist Rick Vermey. As you see in the photo I took this morning it is not finished yet, but getting there.

The percentage for the arts commission is made of natural wood fibres and will have lights triggered by wind for after dark effect. I can’t wait to see it!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE LIV DESIGN WITHOUT LOV

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on July 10, 2018

 

 

If the LIV apartment buildings at Queen Victoria and Quarry Street, due to open in August, are the heritage of the future for Fremantle than God save the Queen.

To paraphrase Wilson Churchill; we will fight bad architecture at Council house, on the streets and on the beaches, and we will fight inappropriate development in the local and state government offices and on election days.

The mediocre boredom and bland sameness of LIV is an insult to Fremantle’s unique heritage character. It’s LIV without LOV.

Fremantle deserves much much better!

Roel Loopers

WANTED: NEW IDEAS FOR WHITE GUM VALLEY

Posted in city of fremantle, development, local government, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2018

 

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The sustainable WGV development project in White Gum Valley is progressing well with two new multi-storey buildings nearing completion.

The City of Fremantle is looking for ideas of what to do with the area of the former Men’s Shed, which needs to be demolished, and is doing community consultation about that.

Check the CoF website for details.

Roel Lopers

EARLY START FOR FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL

 

If approved by Fremantle Council the construction of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel and 99 residential apartments will already start in October this year, and not as planned in January 2020.

The SKS Land group, which owns the site, has applied to start Stage 1 in October, which would see the demolition of the multi-storey Point Street car park and the new ground level car park next to it.

Just over a year ago in April 2017 Council approved the application by SKS for a two year extension for the commencement of the development and created a ground-level carpark, but now SKS wants to immediately start with the demolition and excavation, to construct a two-storey basement car park and the ground level slab.

If the pre-sale target for the 99 apartments is reached the entire development will start, but if not there could be a one year pause in construction.

The development commencement would also force the relocation of Circus WA.

I believe it is very good news that SKS wants to start the development 15 months earlier, but believe they should pay compensation for the exterior painting of the multi-storey carpark and the cost of the construction of the ground-level carpark to the City of Fremantle.

The early construction will not only mean that Fremantle will lose over 300 car bays but also that the City will in 2019 lose out on $ 114,000 in parking fees from the site.

Fremantle is in urgent need of more tourist accommodation and with the Woolstores development on halt it would be positive if the Hilton Doubletree Hotel was erected sooner than planned, but the possible one-year pause if pre-sale targets are not met is a worry.

The request will go before the FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council this coming Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE LITTLE LANE CBD LIVING

 

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The YOLK group has started the sale of new 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments of its Little Lane development on the former Spotlight building site next to Target in Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

The seven-storey building will have residential apartments above a retail and cafe hub that will modernise and revitalise the run down Westgate Mall.

There are also plans for the development of the Woolstores shopping centre site and for a Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site, which will reinvigorate the lacklustre east of the Freo CBD

Roel Loopers

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GOOD ARCHITECTURE FOR FREMANTLE

 

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The long time eyesore on the corner of Hampton Road and South Street in Fremantle will be developed into a modern attractive four storey residential and office development, after the City of Fremantle’s Planning Committee last night approved the alternate officer’s recommendation.

The building is designed by David Hillam Architects and will have eight multiple dwellings and two office tenancies, and will retain a portion of the heritage buildings on the site.

It is nice to see good modern architecture which fits the Fremantle lifestyle. I just wished that developers of major large developments would take more care and get outstanding architectural design.

Roel Loopers

MATCH FREMANTLE ENERGY MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES

Posted in architecture, city of cockburn, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on April 12, 2018

 

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My blog post yesterday that the sale of the former Fremantle Energy Museum building means the end of the M/27 residential development by the MATCH Groups was not correct, so I copy their media release below for your info:

The completed restoration works by M/Group of the original S.E.C Building and former Western Power’s Energy Museum at the Fremantle Substation site in Parry Street, is another example of how M/Group has worked effectively with the City of Fremantle and State Heritage Council to support the integration of valuable heritage fabric into contemporary urban living.

The property, which sits adjacent to a boutique Match apartment development that overlooks parkland at its rear, has been released for sale under an Expression of Interest (EOI) campaign; opening the door for a range of potential uses.

Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of M/Group, said the apartments on this site are already 35% sold, and the renewed heritage building will be on a separate green title. He said the opportunity to build a business on this site comes with inherent character and is surrounded by an established and new residential community.

“The planned apartment building, M/27 by Match, will be home to 40 boutique apartments and is due to commence construction in late 2018,” he said.

“The opportunity to take ownership of the building certainly opens the door for a ‘Bread in Common’ type food and beverage venue, although could as easily be adapted for boutique office space. The purpose of our work on this site is to, perhaps ironically, create new energy. It is a great opportunity for a potential proprietor in a great location.”

Match, which is part of M/Group, is the company behind the highly celebrated Heirloom by Match heritage renewal and is currently in the construction phase of the M/28 by Match boutique apartments in South Terrace.

The company prides itself on introducing design-focused apartment product that enhances the streetscape and activates living space in strategic locations.

The heritage works on the heritage building, undertaken by M/Group’s building division M/Construction, have included the restoration of existing brickwork, refurbishment of metal window frames and the restoration of existing large timber sliding doors.

The sale of the building is being managed by Knight Frank and more information can be obtained by contacting James Baker on 0418 912 007.

For more information on the limited number of parkside M/27 by Match apartments, visit m27apartments.com or contact 0432 660 066.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ENERGY MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT ABANDONED

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, property, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2018

 

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It is disappointing to see that the MATCH Group has abandoned their plans for the M27 development of the former Energy Museum site at Parry Street in Fremantle.

The building is offered for sale on the property pages of the West Australian today.

The development would have seen a four-storey residential apartment building behind the heritage listed building, while the former museum building would have been developed into a Bread in Common style restaurant and retail hospitality venue.

Also disappointing to read in the West that Silverleaf Investments director Gerard O’Brien has stated that if JDAP does not approve the Woolstores shopping centre site development his company will pull out and only refurbish the boring existing building.

O’Brien told the West, as he has told me, that they are only the custodians of their buildings. If you are serious about that statement, Gerard, why not put just a bit more additional effort in to get it right and deliver Fremantle a truly exceptional and iconic building. You can do it. Come on!

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! Only just now at 10.20pm read an email from the Match Group that they have not abandoned plans to develop, but will need to get more details as to why they put the Energy Museum building up for sale, so stay tuned until I have talked to them.

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