St Pat’s to expand

The Eagle Wool building bought by St Patrick’s.
The Eagle Wool building bought by St Patrick’s.

The $2.1 million investment will be used by the centre to complement its Queen Victoria Street property as a way to providing more affordable housing for community members who need it.

Sold through Knight Frank, the property is currently used as a warehouse by Eagle Wool and two retail shops. St Patrick’s chief executive Steve McDermott said the centre was yet to finalise specific plans for the site.

‘Our board has engaged the services of a range of experts to advise us on how we might best utilise this site for the ultimate benefit of our target client group as well as the broader Fremantle community,’ he said.

‘This will be examined in the context of our mission, strategic and business plans and in consultation with our key stakeholders.’

Knight Frank associate director Todd Schaffer said the 938sqm property, which had received numerous offers alongside that of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, was ideal for residential development of the type the community centre could provide.

‘Properties along this strip rarely reach the market and with the site zoned mixed-use, it may allow for residential, commercial, retail, tourist accommodation and any number of other potential uses subject to council approval,’ he said.