Victoria Hall may be taken off the market

Victoria Hall.
Victoria Hall.

VICTORIA Hall may be taken off the market.

The City of Fremantle finance, policy, operations and legislation committee has passed a motion to consider taking the hall off the market as only one offer has been made to date.

The hall was previously used by the Fly by Night Club until January 30 this year, after a long campaign from supporters wanting to keep the music venue in the hall.

A motion to fund the liquidator was dismissed in March, with councillors raising concerns about creating a precedence and the tight budgetary situation.

A report stated the reason for the removal was that no satisfactory offers had been received after tenders for the hall closed on November 27 with one submission received from Anglican Parish of Fremantle for $1.

In the interim, the council will decide whether to approve short term activation of Victoria Hall via a license agreement up to a two year term.

In a report tabled at the committee meeting, the marketing campaign received continual interest but the current market conditions did not support the budget adopted by Council.

“General feedback has indicated that while seeing potential in the building, interested parties are wary that the heritage building’s existing layout impacted the buildings functionality and that the City’s expectation of sales price further impacted prospective purchases,” the report stated.

It is further recommended that six month licenses be considered.

The final decision will be made at full council.