At 247-259 Johnston Street, in Abbotsford, the site encapsulates the red brick St Crispin House building, as well as a rear property between 36 – 40 Stafford Street – opposite a low rise public housing complex.
The council is seeking advice about the Abbotsford proposal which it will submit to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, for a decision in about September.
As well as the apartment tower and townhouses, the development will add three shops and about 118 car parks and 129 bike bays.
At 17-levels the proposal is one of the tallest recently proposed for the inner north-eastern suburb, which has led its neighbours Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy, in regard to high density development so far this century.
Commission flat towers throughout Melbourne vary in height, but the prominent complexes around Victoria Park rise over 20 levels.
Suburban Melbourne’s biggest proposal is Capitol, South Yarra, a 38-level tower earmarked for the north-west corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra.