Fremantle Development Updates from City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments- 8 March 2017
Fremantle BID thanks the National Hotel for kindly hosting this event and Peter Zuvela Photography for the photos in this article.
It was a packed audience last Wednesday night for Fremantle BID’s information session on proposed developments in Fremantle.
Guest speaker, Brad Pettitt, Mayor of the City of Fremantle, spoke about the King’s Square development which is due to commence in March. He urged the business community to work together through the critical period of development saying that this revitalisation is needed for Fremantle to regain its heart.
“We know there is going to be a lot of disruption for the next three years but the project will invigorate our city and make it a great place for future generations”, he said.
The Queensgate building is staying as a car park and we are told will be managed by Secure Parking.
The City of Fremantle staff who currently work at the civic offices will be relocated to the previous Fremantle Dockers site on Parry St. However, they will be asked to park down at Captain Munchies on Beach St which will encourage them to continue to move around the city, hopefully minimising any loss of patronage in the city centre.
The library will also be relocated to the Fremantle Oval site and there will be a new car park built on the Stan Reilly site on South Terrace.
The Town Hall restorations should be complete by April, with the scaffolding coming down very soon.
Our other guest speaker was Gerard O’Brien of Silverleaf Investments. Silverleaf are currently planning two huge projects in Fremantle.
The first is on Cantonment St, on the site of the current Woolstores Shopping Centre, where Coles is located. The proposal is for a six story building which will include 64 hotel rooms, 150 apartments, and two floors of student accommodation. This is a much needed development to revitalise the east end and will hopefully be a catalyst for the entire rejuvenation of that end of Fremantle.
The second project Gerard spoke about is at the old police station and court building on Henderson St. We can expect high end markets, a hotel, whiskey bar and community space to link the old police station to the heritage-listed prison.
Tim Milsom, Fremantle BID’s new CEO, was the final speaker of the evening. He reported on BID initiatives such as the very successful Concierge Program that has reduced anti-social behaviour and retail theft considerably in the Fremantle Mall area.
The BID, together with the City of Fremantle, is asking consultants for an aspirational business mix report to see what is missing from Fremantle and how to achieve the identified business mix in conjunction with property owners and developers.
Tim spoke about the empty shops, which surprisingly number only 58 or just 9.2% of retail space in the city. We also have about a dozen new businesses about to move into Fremantle. Most of the empty shops are in the east end, which is not surprising as this end of the city has not seen any redevelopment for many years.
Tim stated that the BID has an important role to play with the City of Fremantle and Silverleaf Investments’ developments going ahead. We will ensure that we regularly report back to members about what is happening and how the business community can be engaged with Fremantle’s progress.