Apart­ment nod proves tall or­der

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

A FI­NAL nod for taller apart­ments strad­dling a pro­posed new coun­cils’ Mos­man Park-North Fre­man­tle bor­der has been de­layed un­til April af­ter a 7-6 vote at Fre­man­tle Coun­cil’s Jan­uary meet­ing.

“I think our pre­sen­ta­tion prob­a­bly swayed a few coun­cil­lors,” North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ger­ard MacGill said.

The de­lay may al­low Fre­man­tle to in­clude res­i­dent-de­vel­oped ideas to com­bat traf­fic con­ges­tion, cre­at­ing gated com­mu­ni­ties and soft­en­ing ob­tru­sive de­signs at three sites along and near McCabe Street, Mos­man Park.

Fre­man­tle pro­poses dis­cre­tionary power for up to nine storeys at one part of the $220 mil­lion Taskers devel­op­ment on the street, about eight floors at the One Steel site about 100m west and about 10 storeys at the back of the nearby Matilda Bay Brew­ery on Stir­ling High­way.

Some Buck­land Hill, Mos­man Park and North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents’ ire peaked about po­ten­tial over­shad­ow­ing, McCabe Street traf­fic con­ges­tion and sep­a­ra­tion of apart­ment dwellers from their com­mu­ni­ties when Fre­man­tle at­tempted to ap­prove the heights be­fore fin­ish­ing com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on struc­ture plan guide­lines for the sites.

Mr MacGill said coun­cil­lors were told a McCabe Street traf­fic study, and res­i­dents’ de­sign guide­lines from a planned com­mu­nity meet­ing later this month, had to be in­cluded be­fore any fi­nal vote.

Work at the four- block Taskers devel­op­ment is now in its sec­ond year. It is un­known when build­ing at One Steel could start. The brew­ery was leased to an en­gi­neer­ing com­pany for up to six years last month.

Mos­man Park coun­cil­lor Jenna Ledger­wood said while the de­signs may not suit all peo­ple, she now thought they could be “in­no­va­tive de­sign” but Mos­man Park needed to in­ter­vene re­gard­ing McCabe Street en­tries, and avoid­ing “gated com­mu­ni­ties”.

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