Notre Dame mulls stu­dent digs

The West Australian - - PROPERTY - He­len Shield

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.

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