Holy auction

IS the heritage-listed Fremantle synagogue set to become a restaurant selling pork belly or bacon and eggs?

The owner of the former synagogue was in the midst of turning the iconic South Terrace property into a hotel, but heritage regulations have hampered his progress and he’s decided to put it under the hammer next month.

The interior of the synagogue has been renovated and there is development approval for a four-storey building at the rear of the site.

• Fremantle synagogue. Photos supplied

Real estate agent David Lightfoot says there has been a lot of interest in the property, including potential buyers keen to use the space for bars, restaurants, function rooms and even offices.

“The sellers have spent a lot of time, money and effort getting development approval for the hotel,” he says.

“Somebody could come along and make the most of what has already been approved, or seek approval for a whole range of other uses.”

The property is in the entertainment precinct and is listed as “no zoning”, which permits an array of uses subject to council approval.

The former synagogue was the first to be built in WA in 1902.

The site was sold to the Department of Defence in 1916, and over the years it has been a clothing outlet, cafe and carpet shop.

Fremantle council sold the synagogue in 2004.

It will go to auction on May 31.

by CHARLIE SMITH

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