FYI FTI is available
November 18, 2015 6 Comments
This press release went out this morning:
The City of Fremantle has today advertised a public call for proposals for a new tenant to lease the historic Old Boys’ School in central Fremantle.
Located at 92 Adelaide Street, the newly-restored 161 year old former school building is now available for lease, with the City inviting proposals from organisations or individuals interested in becoming part of Fremantle’s ongoing renaissance.
City of Fremantle Manager Economic Development & Marketing Tom Griffiths said the City will favour applications that are innovative, financially sustainable, inclusive of the community and add to the economic and cultural fabric of Fremantle.
“It’s a fantastic heritage building located right in the middle of the up-and-coming east end of Fremantle so it’s very important we attract a tenant or tenants that will add to this area’s transformation,” Mr Griffiths said.
“With this in mind, we’ve developed comprehensive guidelines to ensure the new use integrates well with the character of the local precinct, provides a community benefit and has a positive impact on the local economy – We also want tenants committed to a future in Fremantle.
“It’s a really unique building that lends itself to a number of uses and creative ideas for how it can be used, so we’re also inviting applications from smaller groups and individuals who may be interested in forming a collective or subletting part of the building. We’re certainly flexible and open to suggestions.”
The agreement will comprise a commercial lease for the entire building (1 100m²) or part of the building with the ability for the City to sublet parts of the building. Rent is non-negotiable and based on an independent market valuation of $40 000 pa.
161 years of history
Beginning life as a one room school in 1854, the Fremantle Boys’ School, along with the Perth Boys’ School in St Georges Terrace, was the earliest government-built educational building in Western Australia.
The building was most recently used by the Film and Television Institute of Western Australia (FTI) as their headquarters and place of operation. FTI vacated in 2014 to allow for current restoration works and were given first right of refusal for a new lease of the property which they have decided not to exercise.
The Fremantle Boys’ School site is owned by the State and vested to the City of Fremantle. It was permanently listed on the State Register of Heritage Places in 2001.
Call for proposals
To view the selection criteria and eligibility requirements, and to submit an application, people are asked to visit the City of Fremantle’s My Say portal. Proposals must be submitted via the online portal before 5.00 pm (AWST) 22 January 2016, with the premises expected to be available from March 2016.
Site open days will be held from Monday 30 November, Wednesday 2 December and Thursday 3 December. Visit the My Say portal for registration details and times.