Estate facelift

A PUB and microbrewery are at the centre of a proposed multi-million redevelopment of the Manning buildings in central Fremantle.

The heritage-listed Manning estate was purchased by Atwell Arcade developer Silverleaf Investments last year, including the eastern side of the High Street Mall and along Market Street to the dogleg into the Cappuccino Strip.

Under plans released by Fremantle council this week Silverleaf are proposing a pub/brewery stretching from where Parlapa restaurant now stands opposite the Town Hall through to an alfresco area protruding into the High Street Mall.

• Silverleaf is promising to restore the original shopfronts along the Manning buildings.

The plans would also see the walkway through to Paddy Troy Lane demolished and replaced with new two-storey offices.

There’d no longer be a thoroughfare.

Silverleaf is promising to restore the original shopfronts and facades as part of the deal, while the long-abandoned Majestic Theatre will get a new life as offices.

• Silverleaf’s plans to re-imagine the Majestic Cinema as offices.

The majestic was opened in 1916 and closed as a cinema in 1938.

Other first floor rooms which have been empty for years because of safety fears will also be renovated and rented out.

The plans are currently out for public comment on the council’s My Say Freo website, and there’ll be a community information session at its reception room on Thursday November 16 from 5.30 – 6pm.

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