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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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FREMANTLE HILTON HOTEL LIMBO

Posted in city of fremantle, development, hospitality, hotel by freoview on October 27, 2016

The start of construction of the Fremantle Hilton Doubletree hotel on the Point Street carpark site has been delayed again with Fremantle Council on Wednesday agreeing to extend the contract by one year.

Council approved the sale of the site in December 2012 and the contract required the SKS group who bought the property to commence building within three years of receiving planning approval, however SKS has now advised the City of Fremantle it will not start construction before the second quarter of 2017.

Council does have the option to buy back the property at an estimated value of $ 9.6 million, but what would it do with it then?

The construction delay is because of dewatering issues for the basement of the new building that now has to be redesigned, according to SKS.

What is means is that we will have to live with this ugly eyesore for another year in the centre of the city.

Sirona Capital was also granted a six months extension to finalise its lease negotiations with the WA Government for the Department of Housing to move to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

HILTON HOTEL DEVELOPMENT TO START EARLY 2017

The Hilton Doubletree development at Fremantle Point Street will be starting in early 2017 according to information on the agenda of next Wednesday’s City of Fremantle Ordinary Council meeting.

According to the agenda item the SKS group responsible for the development will be opening an office opposite the site in Point Street soon, and development has been pushed back from the last quarter of this year to the first quarter of next year.

There is also a development application out for the Westgate Mall site east of the Target building, so Queen Adelaide Street could become a hive of building development next year, connecting Kings Square with the residential development along Queen Victoria, Beach and Quarry streets.

The Princess May Park masterplan has also been approved so changes there are also due soon, and DAADA is to move into the former Boys School there next year as well.

Roel Loopers

SKS LEAVES FREO HILTON SITE IN A MESS

Posted in development, fremantle by freoview on March 23, 2016

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It is bad enough that the SKS group has decided to delay by two years the development of the Hilton Doubletree hotel on the corner of Point and Queen Adelaide streets in Fremantle, but it is not acceptable they now leave the site in a mess and don’t clean it up.

After I complained about it a few months ago they partly cleaned up the site and put metres of unattractive SKS banners on the fence, but just next to the still standing carpark they have not bothered to clean up this mess or make it safe, as the partly demolished walls are a safety hazard to the public.

This no care attitude of the developers shows little respect for the community and is basically very bad manners. Where is your corporate pride and responsibility SKS?

Roel Loopers

FREO HILTON DEVELOPERS BLAME CITY FOR DELAY

Posted in city of fremantle, development by freoview on February 1, 2016

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The West Australian reports today that the two-year delay of the 150-room Double Tree Hilton hotel at Princess May Park is due to the many lengthy discussions between the SKS Group and the City of Fremantle’s Design Advisory Committee and heritage department.

Construction of the seven-storey hotel was due to start late last year but it now appears it will not happen for a long time, leaving that part of town in a derelict state.

Fact is that the initial design I first viewed at a public viewing was unacceptable, boring, uninspiring and disrespectful to the heritage area, so the City’s DAP and heritage department tried to get changes that would improve the proposed building.

New buildings in a historic city like Fremantle need to acknowledge and compliment the heritage of place and create a new amenity with character that respects and enhances, but instead we see developers proposing bland boxes that have no reference to the history and lack a sense of place. SKS general manager Francis Foong should not blame the development process and COF but his company’s own uninspiring design of the building.

Roel Loopers

WHEN WILL FREO’S HILTON HOTEL START?

Posted in accommodation, city of fremantle, development by freoview on January 14, 2016

 

It is disappointing to see that there is still no building start for the Hilton Double Tree development at Fremantle’s Queen Adelaide and Point street as it was projected to start late 2015.

The site now looks derelict but the City of Fremantle told me the developers have agreed to tidy it up. They demolished the retail buildings but left the Point Street carpark standing and operational. According to my source the SKS Group have not yet applied for a building permit although all development approvals have been given by the WA Development Assessment Panel.

I contacted SKS yesterday and asked if they could tell me an estimated time of building commencement but they have not responded to my email.

The Hilton development is in my opinion critical to Fremantle’s economic recovery as it would create substantial tourist accommodation, which is lacking in our city. It is also essential for the creation of a much better Princess May Park and the modernisation of the eastern part of the CBD, so I hope the delay will not be as lengthy as the Kings Square project one.

Roel Loopers

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