East End in spotlight

THE redevelopment of the old Spotlight building on Adelaide Street is set to go in front of the joint development assessment panel this week.

Fremantle council planning staff have recommended the eight-storey mixed use development of 71 apartments and seven commercial tenancies be rejected because it’s higher than allowed by the city’s planning scheme.

It was also considered to be detrimental to the amenity of the area for a range of reasons, including a lack of compatibility with its surroundings.

The JDAP will have to balance that against owner Glenwaye Pty Ltd’s claim that to meet all the council’s conditions, it would have to reduce the development by three apartments, which could make the project unviable and undermine its structural integrity.

Meanwhile the revitalisation of the city’s East End has hit a setback with another delay to the planned Hilton DoubleTree hotel on Point Street.

The council recently approved a one-year contract extension for developer SKS, which says it’s planning to start construction of the hotel in the second quarter of next year.

SKS representatives told the city they had to redesign the basement area, after unforeseen difficulties with “dewatering”, and could not price apartments until that was complete.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce CEO Olwyn Williams says the hotel is pivotal to the resurrection of the East End.

“We need another hotel in Fremantle with good capacity,” she says.

“The East End is badly in need of rejuvenation and along with the planned Kings Square development, this hotel could really put Fremantle on the map.”

SKS is also planning to build Hampton Inn by Hilton in Cockburn Central by 2019.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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