The Fremantle Council has announced the introduction of a Baugruppen demonstration project.
The idea is based on a German model of housing development, allowing buyers to bypass developers and create tailor-made apartments. The council is selling off 7 Quarry Street in Fremantle, a 1,477-square-metre block close to Fremantle Park and the central shopping district and next door to a child care centre.
The council is seeking Expressions of Interest from groups of prospective buyers who want to collectively build without the involvement of property developers or real estate agents to show their interest.
Fremantle councillor Rachel Pemberton told 720 ABC Perth she hoped the city could facilitate a type of development that originated in Berlin called Baugruppen, which literally translates as building groups. In Berlin, one in 10 new apartments are now built under the Baugruppen model.
“It’s people who get together in groups to build their own homes,” she said.
“Unlike traditional housing cooperatives, the idea with this is that you do actually end up with a separate title at the end of it.”
“It becomes a freehold property that you can buy and sell, but it’s an innovative way to get it up off the ground and going.”
Potential Baugruppen collectives have until December 5 to submit their proposal to council.
Green Fabric, in partnership with architect Sid Thoo, housing provider Co-operation Housing and development manager Anthony Rizzacasa, will put in a submission. You can register your interest on www.greenfabric.com.au or come along to the next information evening on 3 November.
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