A Defence Housing Australia apartment development in Fremantle will add to the town’s transformation.
Liv Apartments will be built on a 1300sqm space at a former car yard in Queen Victoria Street to accommodate 166 units and some commercial tenancies.
DHA managing director Jan Mason said the $61 million development would complement Fremantle’s growth.
“Fremantle has much to offer in terms of amenities — the local pool, fitness centre, art galleries, live music venues, beaches, harbour, museums, cafes and bars — all within walking distance from Liv,” she said.
“The bustling port city is being transformed with major projects like the $1.3 billion renewal and Kings Square redevelopment projects.
“It’s an exciting place to create a new community.”
Ms Mason said the modern apartment complex would attract ADF members as well as the general public.
“There will be 166 apartments at Liv — 59 will be retained for Defence members and 107 will be made available to the public,” she said.
DHA provides accommodation for its personnel and the Liv development is within 30km of its Irwin and Campbell barracks.
Ms Mason said the development, to be completed by next year, was creating local jobs.
She said project builder Georgiou Group would have 10 staff on site and four directly employed labourers, and up to 15 apprentices would work on the project.
“We see local jobs for local people as the first step in creating sustainable communities and great places to live,” Ms Mason said.
She said the development would go on to create opportunities for local businesses.
“Economic modelling by the City of Fremantle suggests new residents in Liv could potentially contribute $16.7 million to the local economy every year,” she said.
“Liv will have up to nine commercial tenancies, potentially bringing in new businesses and new employees into the precinct.”
Liv Apartments will also be the first WA project to receive environmental approval rating under One Planet guidelines.
One Planet is based on the principles of leaving a smaller carbon footprint and reducing waste.