Development partner sought for former industrial site in Fremantle

Nov 25, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor

A disused industrial site close to the centre of Fremantle earmarked for a new residential precinct is looking for potential redevelopment partners.

The WA State Government is calling for expressions of interest from potential redevelopment partners for the Knutsford site, located approximately one kilometre east of central Fremantle. The successful firm would be working with public sector developer, LandCorp.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said that the former industrial site would be transformed into a cutting edge urban precinct, with an expected 450 dwellings spread over Landcorp’s existing 11-hectare site.

Mr Grylls said LandCorp aimed to make the new development “an integral part of the Fremantle community,” providing a mix of densities, housing types and styles, as well as new parks and amenities.

The first stage of the Knutsford development – which already has sub-division approval – is hoped to begin development in late 2010, and will comprise 26 lots. This first stage will be on land bounded by Stevens Reserve and Swanbourne, Amherst and Blinco streets.

Further stages would then yield in excess of 400 dwellings, with the successful private sector partner to finalise a structure plan with LandCorp for submission to the City of Fremantle.

Initial focus of the development would be on LandCorp’s existing and future landholdings, covering over 11 hectares, with the full development eventually encompassing about 20 hectares of land and over 1,000 dwellings. The additional land is currently under private ownership.

The total development, bounded by Stevens Reserve and Booyeembara Park, would take place across a five to ten year period.

*Expressions of Interest close at 2pm on Thursday, February 4, 2010.*

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