THE redevelopment of the Kings Square precinct is due to start next month.
It follows Fremantle council signing a contract with developer Sirona Capital in May, and the imminent launch of an international competition for architects to draw up the public buildings in the square.
Work is expected to be finished by late 2015.
Planning committee chair Andrew Sullivan predicts the long-awaited project will kick-start Fremantle’s revitalisation.
“We’re starting to see the confidence return to Fremantle,” Cr Sullivan says.
“By 2015 the Myer building will be back open for business, there will be retailers, office activity and life.
“We want Kings Square to be the civic and retail heart of the city and the core of inner city office development, it really is about recreating the very heart of a functioning CBD.”
Sirona and the council are discussing turning the Henderson Street car park opposite Queensgate into a hotel or student accommodation.
The council is selling $30 million of assets to Sirona to fund the project.
Steve Paxon owner of Green Bean Café in Queensgate, says the square became a ghost-town when Myer shut its doors.
“The end result of the Kings Square project will be good once it gets finished,” he says.
by EMILY ROOSE