Sunset shrinks lease

SUNSET EVENTS and Fremantle council have come to an agreement over its lease of one of the units at the J-Shed, with the promoter foregoing concerts and reducing patronage of its proposed tavern to 300 people in return for reduced rent.

Sunset had submitted a development application in September last year, but in the face of opposition from the council, neighbouring artists and the local residents association asked for it to be placed “on hold” so it could mediate with the council.

It’s now agreed to a 40 per cent smaller lease area which means it won’t be adjacent to the artists who’ve regularly complained to the council about having access to the workplaces blocked.

In return, Sunset’s rent will drop from $83,000 to $50,000 each year.

Its development still needs the approval of the WAPC to proceed, but has made it through the council’s finance, policy, operations and legislation committee this week and is expected to sail through full council next week.

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