Design changes concern residents
APPROVAL for additional apartments at the Taskers development on McCabe Street in Mosman Park is on hold while Fremantle Council considers some proposed changes to the $8.5 million development.
The Tekona development, by Gary Dempsey Developments (GDD), has previously been approved by the Joint Metro South West Development Assessment Panel, but GDD now wants to raise the height of the walls by three metres to 49.5m and the roof 2.4m, to convert some threebedroom apartment into two bedrooms to “respond to the market”.
The council recently deferred GDD’s application to enlarge the unbuilt five- storey, 20- apartment block to accommodate six more apartments.
Another five- storey block, called Falcon, a three- storey block and townhouses are being built on the 5609sq m site bordering Fremantle and Mosman Park councils.
But the request to change Tekona’s design specifications before Fremantle Council completes a policy on increased heights at Taskers, the Matilda Bay Brewery and nearby One Steel sites, has angered some Mosman Park and North Fremantle residents, who have expressed concerns about traffic, overcrowding, privacy, noise and dust from the three locations.
“This (Taskers) development already embodies the worst of what we fear on the rest of the McCabe Street sites, as it is in effect a private enclave with no relationship to the rest of North Fremantle or indeed Mosman Park,” North Fremantle Community Association convenor Gerard MacGill said.
Buckland Hill resident Lesley Wall said building dust had blown into neighbouring homes and a flapping flag on a crane was keeping residents awake.
“The reason we’ve got R160 Fremantle apartments next to R12.5 Mosman Park houses is it’s just an easy option for Fremantle Council to reach its density tar- gets on its outskirts when they should be doing it in central Fremantle,” Buckland Hill resident Garry Bishop said
Buckland Hill resident Lesley Wall claims building dust from the Taskers development is blowing into neighbouring homes.