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BIG ROOSTER FOR MANNING BUILDING

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2020

 

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Another large mural of a rooster is being created at the back of the Fremantle Mannning building in Paddy Troy Lane. Go and have a look at the stunning redevelopment of the historic building by Silverleaf Investments. I hope they’ll conduct some public tours so more people can see what they created inside.

I photographed through a gap in the fence this morning, so could not get close enough to ask the artist for his name.

Roel Loopers

STUNNING MANNING BUILDING A FREO ICON.

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2020

 

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TheĀ  beautiful Manning Arcade is now open and accessible from the High Street mall and Paddy Troy Lane. There is still a bit of work going on around the edges and at the back of the Newport Hotel, but one can now wander in from the south as well, so go and have a look.

The Grumpy Sailor cafe now has a Mexican garden alfresco area.

Silverleaf Investments deserves to be congratulated for the superb high quality redevelopment of the heritage Manning building. The new shop fronts and facades look great, as does the upstairs interior.

Roel Loopers

GRUMPY SAILOR IN NEW PORT

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2020

 

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The Grumpy Sailor cafe has-reopened in its new location at the back of the Manning building, facing Paddy Troy Lane where they used to be.

At present one can only get there via the High Street mall, but in the very near future Silverleaf Investments will have finished with the development of the site and the cafe will be accessible from the south as well.

The Grumpy Sailor has a great daily special of a yummy bagel and coffee for just $ 10, so help them restart and visit soon!

Roel Loopers

PS: Nice to see many restaurants doing a good trade during this Monday’s lunch time!

 

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BUILDING FREMANTLE’S FUTURE

 

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Although it sometimes feels as if life is standing still because of Covid-19 there is still development going on in the Fremantle CBD.

I took this photo of the tavern and boutique hotel development between the Warders Cottages and the Fremantle Markets. Less than 200 metres from there the National Hotel will develop the former police and justice complex into a hospitality venue.

Just north of that the Walyalup Civic Centre development at Kings Square is in the finishing stages, and a bit further north from there the former Spotlight building at Adelaide Street is almost demolished and the Yolk Property group tells me they will get into construction of the eight-storey residential Little Lane development soon after that.

Life is never perfect and often a huge challenge, but we are very lucky to live in beautiful Freo!

Roel Loopers

PALACE ARCADE ENTERTAINMENT FOR FREMANTLE

 

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If Fremantle Council approves the change of use for the former LAPA Brazilian barbeque, next to the National Hotel in High Street, to tavern, the venue will become a Palace Arcade electronic machines entertainment venue.

The new tavern, if approved, would also be allowed to sell takeaway liquor, which would no doubt cater for the many backpackers in the West End of Fremantle, once the Western Australian and Australian borders are re-opened.

The application by Silverleaf Investments will go before council this Wednesday.

Roel Loopers

HENDERSON STREET COURTHOUSE BAR AND RESTAURANT DEVELOPMENT

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, city planning, development, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2020

 

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Fremantle will have a heritage restaurant and bar in the two former courthouses in Henderson Street from next year.

Silverleaf Investments received planning application for the development of a hospitality precinct and five-storey hotel last year, but the $ 5 million courtroom restaurant and bar will be developed by Karl Bullers of the National Hotel, with new design coming from North Fremantle’s Slavin Architects.

There will be a 100 patron restaurant in one of the courtrooms and a 150 patron bar in the other, plus there will be a garden and pavilion that can accommodate another 450 people for functions.

The new development will add to the new hospitality district near Fremantle Oval, with the Old Synagogue and Freo Social already operating and the Warders tavern and boutique hotel development in Henderson Street well under way.

Roel Loopers

 

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NEW FREO POLICE STATION NOT IN WOOLSTORES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, police, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2020

 

Fremantle’s Silverleaf Investments owner Gerard O’Brien is not a happy man, according to the FREMANTLE HERALD, after the WA State Government announced it will be building its own new Freo Police Station, although it was put out to tender and the Woolstores site was shortlisted.

The Herald writes that Police Minister Michelle Roberts declared they have identified a suitable site in Fremantle, which is the good news, however, a state government property won’t have to pay local council rates, so this is not the best outcome for the cash-strapped City of Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

MANNING BUILDING A FREO JEWEL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2020

 

 

I really like the modern ceiling of the Manning Arcade, which runs from the Fremantle High Street mall to Paddy Troy Lane. It is part of the Silverleaf Investments redevelopment of the heritage building and I am highly impressed with the quality of the work done at the building.

The facades in the mall, William Street and Market Street look amazing, and so do all the new shop fronts, and inside it is equally impressive. I was given a tour of the interior a few weeks ago by Silverleaf’s Gerard O’Brien and I was truly stunned about the beauty of it, with large steel door frames, all the exterior wooden widows replaced with handmade new ones, and the creation of great office and commercial spaces and passage ways.

Once the building is completed I hope to get permission to take some interior photos, so I can show it here on Freo’s View.

A lot of good things are happening in Fremantle that will help set us up for the future, but it will take time, and with the current pandemic restrictions in place, it might take a little bit longer.

Well done, Silverleaf Investments on creating such high quality development at the Manning building!

Roel Loopers

 

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RATES FREE DEVELOPMENT BAD FOR FREMANTLE

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Fremantle Councillor Adin Lang makes some very valid points about a new Freo police station in his Thinking Allowed opinion piece in the Fremantle Herald today.

Although the location for the new police station has not been announced yet by the State Government, the Woolstores development hopes to have the new cop shop there, while the Adelaide Plaza, St John’s site in Parry Street and the Cappuccino Strip carpark next to Fremantle Oval have also been rumoured to be candidates for the new building.

Adin Lang argues that building on the City owned carpark at South Terrace would deny Fremantle much-needed rates, around $ 400,000 per year, and it would delay the building as it would need design, planning approval, etc, while the Silverleaf Investments Woolstores development is ready to go.

The current Covid-19 climate has shown that Fremantle cannot afford to have more rates-free development. Fremantle does not receive rates from Notre Dame University, other educational institutions, churches, etc. and with a small ratepayers base, we need to push toward more regular revenue in Freo, instead on depending so much on parking fees and fines, which will disappear over time anyway because of autonomous cars and increasing use of Uber.

It is necessary that Fremantle Council gets these points across to Police Minister Michelle Roberts fast, before we lose out on more potential rates.

Roel Loopers

JDAP OK FOR FREMANTLE WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, Uncategorized by freoview on April 7, 2020

 

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The WA Joined Development Assessment Panel(JDAP) today granted conditional planning approval for the hotel and commercial development of the Fremantle Woolstores shopping centre site.

Fremantle based Silverleaf Investments have been trying for seven years to get planning approval for the Adina Hotel, childcare, retail and commercial development, so now hoping that they will get all the financing fast and will start on the construction soon.

Roel Loopers

 

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