08/11/2016 - 11:39

DAP rejection for Freo apartments

08/11/2016 - 11:39

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Plans for an eight-storey apartment development at one of Fremantle's biggest eyesores have been knocked back because the proposal was considered too tall, despite a nine-storey building being located directly across the road.

An architect's rendering of the 52 Adelaide Street proposal, with the taller Johnson Court building in the background.

Plans for an eight-storey apartment development at one of Fremantle's biggest eyesores have been knocked back because the proposal was considered too tall, despite a nine-storey building being located directly across the road.

The metropolitan south west development assessment panel yesterday refused a $15.8 million, 72-apartment proposal at the old Spotlight building on Adelaide Street, one of the city's most run-down and neglected buildings.

While the applicant, the Victoria-based property development arm of Spotlight, Glenwaye Pty Ltd, argued that the project’s eighth floor was set back and not visible from street level, it was nonetheless considered to be outside of City of Fremantle town planning guidelines.

However, those guidelines were not in place when the nine-level Johnson Court was constructed in the 1970s, across the road at 23 Adelaide Street.

Glenwaye had proposed in 2013 to build a seven-storey, 151-room hotel at the site, but that plan was shelved in favour of the apartments development.

Fremantle-based developer Yolk Property Group, which has experience delivering apartments on Fremantle’s Pakenham Street and in North Coogee, as well as a host of other locales around the city, was brought on as a partner.

The project was designed by local Fremantle-based architecture firm Harris Architects.

Glenwaye and Yolk will now have to alter their design to fit in with town planning guidelines, or appeal the DAP decision at the State Administrative Tribunal.

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