Major Proposal Being Reviewed For West Melbourne

IN THE week the Melbourne City Council legislated for higher-density development in the inner north-western suburbs, it can also be revealed Planning Minister Matthew Guy is reviewing plans to replace two historic West Melbourne factories with two landmark apartment buildings – the tallest soaring 44 levels.

The sites, at 371 – 379 Spencer Street and 83 – 113 Batman Street, will be combined to create a new village with a gross floor area of some 85,000 square metres – about the same size as the Rialto.

Proposed by local investment house Bennelong Group, two towers – one rising 39 levels, and another, 29, will be developed atop a five level podium which will include 548 car park bays and 223 bike spaces.

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Skyscraper Approved Behind 420 Spencer Street, Site Now For Sale

ONE of the inner-city’s most distinctive art deco commercial buildings – on a gateway site connecting West Melbourne to the CBD – will be retained and form the entrance of a major apartment skyscraper.

Planning minister Matthew Guy has approved the development of a 32-level, 368 unit apartment tower on land behind the Streamline Moderne building at 420 Spencer Street, near the Flagstaff Gardens, at the north-west tip of town and within an area that is quickly becoming a development hot-spot.

Constructed in 1930 as the headquarters and showroom for Australian Glass Manufacturers, and extended in 1937, 420 Spencer Street (pictured) was until recently occupied by retailer Nightingale Electrics. The building, recognised by the National Trust, used materials such as metal window door frames in its then-modern design.

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New Skyscraper Plan For 420 Spencer Street, West Melbourne

UNHAPPY with a permit for a landmark 26-storey tower – handed out in 2002 by then-planning minister Mary Delahunty – the new owners of a historic 1930s theatre near the Queen Victoria Market have applied with the new planning minister, Matthew Guy, to build something taller and denser.

Delahunty, whose recent autobiography confirmed developers wield influence over the ALP government in covert ways, controversially approved a plan nine years ago which would have seen the art-deco building at 420 Spencer Street, at the south-east corner of Dudley Street, in West Melbourne, demolished and replaced with an 83-metre Fender Katsalidis skyscraper.

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Another Former Flinkier Dealership For Sale in Melbourne’s West

ANOTHER prominent inner-city site, formerly occupied by 63-year old car dealership Flinkier Motors, has hit the market.

This time at 390 – 396 Dynon Road in West Melbourne, a 1517 square metre site with residential or commercial redevelopment potential is expected to fetch about $1.4 million.

The site was until recently occupied by National Hire and is still configured as an office warehouse. It’s surrounded by a mix of low rise industrial warehouses and the Maribyrnong River, which is also the Footscray suburb border.

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