Scarborough, Fremantle revitalisation powers on

Lands Minister Ben Wyatt last week called for expressions of interest for a substantial Scarborough Beach redevelopment site and a historic Fremantle Technical College opposite the Fremantle Markets.

The 6442sqm Scarborough Beach site, Lot 500 Reserve Street zoned for eight to 12 storeys with West Coast Highway frontage, was being sold to offset the State Government’s investment in revitalising Scarborough Beach, Mr Wyatt said.

“(It will create) new foreshore destinations that will continue to attract and entertain visitors for many years to come,” he said. The site, which has potential for shops, bars, cafes and to be a general tourism drawcard, is being used as a carpark managed by the City of Stirling. The buyer will be required to incorporate 100 public car bays in any development.

The Fremantle Technical College contains several heritage-listed buildings on a 2400sqm site in walking distance to Fremantle’s Prison, Round House, Maritime Museum and Fishing Boat Harbour.

A visionary proponent, with a desire to restore, retain and celebrate the heritage assets, while cleverly adapting it for a new use, is being sought.

“This is a genuinely rare and unique opportunity to breathe new life into one of Fremantle’s most recognisable streetscapes and be part of the revitalisation of the Fremantle City Centre,” Mr Wyatt said.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said several great developments were revitalising Fremantle, including Sirona Capital’s soon-to-be completed Kings Square redevelopment.

“Fremantle boasts some of the State’s most significant heritage buildings and it is so exciting to see these spaces reimagined for future generations,” Ms McGurk said.