Why Forrest's Spicer Hotel Has to Change
The Fremantle Society works hard to provide expert analysis of significant projects for Fremantle.
The Fremantle Society wants to see development.
But the Forrest hotel proposal is highly controversial like his other hotel proposals at UWA and in Cottesloe.
The size is way too large for the site.
The building is too aggressive and monolithic.
The Fremantle Council has had decades to get ready to turn the Spicer site car park into an important addition to the built fabric of the centre of the historic town.
But the council policy of Jeremy Dawkins (see earlier emails) prescribing a maximum of two storeys on Henderson Street and a maximum of four on William Street has disappeared.
Council allowed Sirona to sell this site at a profit instead of developing it themselves, and now the developer is saying they can't reduce the size of the hotel from 117 rooms because of the price they had to pay for the land from Sirona.
The Fremantle Society has met with the hotel project manager and put the various expert opinions gathered in recent weeks from Jeremy Dawkins, from Agnieshka Kiera the former City Heritage Architect, from Carl Payne architect, from the Fremantle Society, and here from former Design Advisory Committee member Sasha Ivanovich.
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