19th January 2020.
Fremantle will get its civic heart kickstarted with the launch of Kings Square and its retail, food and dining component, FOMO, set to open mid-year.
The long-awaited $270 million redevelopment takes in the old Myer site, Queensgate buildings and the carpark, as well as replacing the current City of Fremantle administration centre, library and visitor centre with a striking new complex designed by acclaimed architects, Kerry Hill & Associates.
The council is also upgrading community public space in the square and building a new nature playground.
Project partners Sirona Capital and the City of Fremantle consider it the largest public-private infrastructure project in the port city’s history with 5500sqm of retail space and 20,800sqm of offices.
The Department of Communities, the anchor tenant, will move 1500 employees into its new offices in March, injecting more life into the city on weekdays.
FOMO is on track to open a few months later in June/July. Its centrepiece will be the two-storey Emporium, an eclectic mix of borderless, free-flowing retail concepts inspired by Germany’s successful Bikini Berlin mall.
Newman Court will offer a meandering path of quality takeaway food and fresh food, homewares, apparel and the handmade. And Tidal Lane will provide a pocket park in the city that can be activated with pop-ups and markets.
Matthew McNeilly, managing director of developer Sirona Capital, says FOMO will be an exciting amenity for residents and visitors to feel safe in a family-friendly environment.
“It is this eclectic family that will make FOMO unlike any other destination — creating bold, daring connections for people to sit in, walk through and engage with as they wander and explore,” McNeilly says.
Hospitality venues are expected to be announced next month. Watch this space.