Apartment nod proves tall order
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”.