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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