Helloworld Travel director, former Liberal government treasurer Andrew Burnes, is selling South Melbourne’s historic Laconia Woollen Mills, nowadays known as Laconia House.
The five storey office at 179-185 Normanby Road, visible from the West Gate Freeway, is being offered with a six year leaseback.
Assuming a deal is struck at a 5.5 per cent yield, the businessman could be set for a $30 million payday.
The Commercial 1 zoned site spreads 2008 square metres.
Mr Burnes paid $7.04m for Laconia House in late 2011 – at the end of his two year stint as state Liberal treasurer.
The property’s value ballooned about six months later when then planning minister Matthew Guy gazetted the address to allow for high density residential – part of the 240 hectare Fishermans Bend urban renewal proposal (story continues below).
Five years ago the businessman unsuccessfully applied for a permit to replace the block with a 40 level apartment tower.
Following zoning changes made in 2018 by current planning minister Richard Wynne, the land could make way for a circa-20 storey building.
Mr Burnes was honorary federal Liberal treasurer between 2015-2019.
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