Site draws in­ter­est

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park and North Fre­man­tle lead­ers want any new owner of the prime 3.1ha One Steel site over­look­ing Leighton Beach to build us­ing a de­sign that in­te­grates their com­mu­ni­ties on the sub­urbs’ bor­der.

“What we don’t want is that land near Buck­land Hill turned into an ex­clu­sive, re­sort style de­vel­op­ment,” North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion chair Ger­ard MacGill said.

Sev­eral ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est were re­ceived by agent Jones Lang LaSalle for the 31,044sq m site at the McCabe Street-Stir­ling High­way in­ter­sec­tion by the Novem­ber 25 dead­line, be­fore an ex­pected de­ci­sion on any suc­cess­ful bid in about five weeks.

A 2009 City of Fre­man­tle struc­ture plan for the R80 site al­lows about 230 apart­ments, 815sq m of com­merce, a 25m build­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion, 9.75m next to Buck­land Hill houses and 13m-17m or 4-5 storeys across the ma­jor­ity of the site.

One Steel, the ad­ja­cent Taskers de­vel­op­ment and nearby Matilda Bay Brew­ery form a spe­cial de­vel­op­ment zone for about 1000 multi-storey apart­ments, which has tested the City’s re­la­tion­ships with North Fre­man­tle and Mos­man Park res­i­dents dur­ing de­vel­op­ment of struc­ture plans for the sites.

Mr MacGill and Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris are con­cerned about whether the One Steel struc­ture plan would be en­tirely en­forced, af­ter more height was ob­tained at Taskers, per­ceived lack of con­sid­er­a­tion by the City and lower heights wanted by res­i­dents at the brew­ery.

Mr MacGill said the One Steel site’s sale ini­tially pro­moted po­ten­tial for 400 apart­ments, and it would be “dif­fi­cult to see” how the City would refuse a buyer’s re­quest to use dis­cre­tionary power for ex­tra heights. Mr Nor­ris said a five-year-old plan for the site had “un­usual bulk” over Buck­land Hill homes in his Town and any new owner had to con­sider those res­i­dents while also us­ing a de­sign deal­ing with McCabe Street traf­fic con­ges­tion.

Fre­man­tle strate­gic plan­ning man­ager Paul Gar­bett said Buck­land Hill res­i­dents were asked for sub­mis­sions be­fore One Steel’s 2009 struc­ture plan, and any new own­ers’ de­sign would trig­ger the res­i­dents be­ing asked to com­ment again.

JLL di­rec­tor Phillip Fogliani said off­shore and WA-based ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est had been re­ceived for the site.

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