- Development partner selected for $129 million project expected to support 530 jobs and generate $205 million in economic activity
- Project to deliver 265 apartments including six live-work studios for artists
Edge Visionary Living is set to deliver a $129 million development that will create 265 apartments and supply new commercial and creative space in the cultural hub of Fremantle.
The Burt Street site, located near Fremantle's city centre, the arts centre and public transport, will undergo an extensive facelift that will include five high-quality apartment complexes, vibrant shared spaces and diverse housing choices to suit a range of budgets.
Most of the apartments will be two-bedroom or smaller, with some compact studios as well as premium three-bedroom apartments.
In line with the State Government's commitment to creating inclusive communities, 10-15 per cent of the apartments will be reserved for social housing. Most will sell direct to market, although some will be available through the State Government's shared equity program.
The development will include six unique live-work artist rental studios and a maker space to inspire creative pursuits and help emerging artists to access affordable accommodation and workspace within the Fremantle area.
Local community input will inform the creation of amenities to complement the surrounding area including social gathering areas, active play zones, outdoor arts engagement, green spaces, walking and cycling pathways and a small portion of space for commercial uses.
The project will also explore ways to implement sustainable initiatives that can help reduce waste, and also reduce water and energy use.
The 1.4-hectare site will be developed in stages. Following a period of community consultation and development approvals, the first stage of works is expected to start in October 2021.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"The Burt Street project is a great example of the McGowan Government working with the private sector to create and support jobs, generate economic activity and provide a range of social and affordable living options for Western Australians.
"The active promotion of social inclusion and diversity and will encourage families, key workers and seniors to access affordable housing and remain in their community.
"The proposed live-work studios and maker space is an innovative addition to the development and will deliver significant community benefit through its support for local artists and Fremantle's creative economy.
"The project will significantly activate the east end of Fremantle, support an estimated 530 jobs during construction and generate up to $205 million in economic activity."
Minister's office - 6552 5300