Notre Dame mulls student digs
The University of Notre Dame Australia has declared it could convert the Customs House in Fremantle’s West End into student accommodation.
The university, which has close to 6800 students enrolled at its Fremantle campus has three student accommodation sites, Port Lodge, P&O Hotel and Cleopatra Hotel, with a total of 120 beds.
Notre Dame vice-chancellor Celia Hammond said while the final use had yet to be decided, buying the Customs House would give Notre Dame much needed space to develop. A university spokesman declined to reveal the price or the identity of the seller. The transaction is expected to settle this month.
The Customs House facade is linked to three buildings with a total floor area of 8000sqm that have frontages on Packenham, Phillimore and Henry streets.
A $44 million proposal by former owner CBD Rev HoldCo Pty Ltd for a 126-dwelling, five-level apartment project designed by Hassell was knocked back by City of Fremantle and the Metro South West Joint Development Assessment Panel this year.
The plan, for 51 one-bedroom apartments, 70 two-bedroom, five three-bedroom and two home businesses with 129 parking bays was rejected because it breached the four-storey height limits in Fremantle’s historic West End.
In the meantime, Notre Dame said it would “progress” planning for 3-5 High Street, which was to have housed its new midwifery and nursing school.