New Boutique Hotel To Be Opened in…

… Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour. The Little Creatures Brewery wants to do this:

The proposal for the 54-room boutique hotel will go before the City of Fremantle’s planning services committee tomorrow night.

It includes the refurbishment of two restaurants – the former Baskin Robbins and Mussel Bar – and an outdoor dining area next to the boardwalk.

Public consultation on the proposal closed on February 10 and included an information session, which City of Fremantle development services manager Natalie Martin Goode said was attended by four people, including two Fremantle councillors.

Little Creatures Brewery director Adrian Fini said he was optimistic about the development as it had “very strong support from all stakeholders and council”.

Planning services committee chairman Cr Andrew Sullivan said he thought the application was a “no-brainer” as it just about ticked all the boxes for council.

“Council has been waiting to see a new hotel built in Fremantle for a number of years, certainly well before my time,” he said.

He said it would help cater to a new market.

Cr Sullivan said the three-storey building would complement the surrounding built landscape and was a good opportunity to get a high quality building in an area that had no heritage concerns.

Fishing Boat Harbour Traders co-ordinator Eddie Watling said the group “supported the development in principle” because it would not conflict with the working harbour.

“We understand all of the mechanisms are in place to make sure that it’s not ever going to be an issue,” he said.

Although the type of development requires 65 car parking bays, there are none included in the development.

Mr Fini said nobody had raised the lack of parking as an issue, but bicycles would be available and they hoped to have one or two electric cars for guests to use.

Ms Martin Goode said once the committee considered the matter, the recommendation would go to the WA Planning Commission for determination.

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