Nine level apartment project approved opposite Frankston Oval

The house at 1 Plowman Place. Source: Google Street View.

A house and block of villa units covering a spectacularly located site near both Frankston’s beach and business district will be replaced with a high-end nine-storey apartment complex.

Frankston City Council last month approved Urban DC’s Horizon at 1-2 Plowman Place, opposite Frankston Oval.

With 79 dwellings and a curved façade, the tower was penned by Elenberg Fraser – traditionally connected to high-end inner-city projects like EQ Tower in A’Beckett Street and Magnolia at St Boulevard, at 601 St Kilda Road.

At the north west corner of Nepean Higheway, the approved Plowman Pl tower is one holding from the red-brick c1915 Frankston Mechanics Institute.

Urban DC founder, former Pan Urban managing director, Danny Ciarma, said the elevated site offers water views which will never be built out, even from the ground floor.

“The horizon can be seen from every level,” he added.

Flats will be configured with between one and three bedrooms.

The tower includes built in planter boxes and a rooftop communal garden.

Urban DC has projects underway in Armadale and at Sydney’s Rose Bay (story continues below).

Prime site

Frankston Yacht Club and Frankston Pier are about a block away from 1-2 Plowman Pl, as is WatersEdge, South East Water’s headquarters, completed five years ago at 101 Wells St.

Last November Steller receivers sold a 3301 square metre parcel, 6-12 Davey St, Frankston.

That site was between 2014-2018 approved for a 17 floor Finnis Architects’ residential building – what would have been the suburb’s tallest.

Frankston mayor Sandra Mayer said Horizon would “provide a much-needed boost for those looking for jobs and homes”.

“The plans look great and are proof that developers still have confidence in investing in Frankston City,” the politician added.

Mr Ciarma expects construction to start later this year.

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