Flinders Street Development Site Sells After Auction

A PROBLEMATIC city development site with a permit sold after auction on Thursday for an as-yet undisclosed price.

The 556 – 560 Flinders Street property, at the north-west corner of Downie Street, has been earmarked over the years for a variety of developments, of varying heights.

At one stage a scheme was prepared for a 33-level commercial tower with 25-levels of strata office suites. Another proposal would have seen 101 apartments squeezed onto the 291 square metre block, opposite the new Northbank Place complex, between Spencer and King streets.

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Clement Lee’s Riverlea to Build Apartment Complex at 108 Flinders Street Melbourne

HERITAGE Victoria noted artwork at the ground level of a nondescript, low-rise office building at 108 Flinders Street will be moved, and reinstalled into the ground level of the city’s next major apartment building.

Fender Katsalidis Architects, a boutique architect collaboration headed by designers Karl Fender and Nonda Katsalidis, have proposed a new tower for the site which would offer views of Birrarung Marr, Federation Square and the Flinders Street rail yards – another city site earmarked for redevelopment.

Rising 12 levels, and due for completion in 2012 the development will include 189 apartments starting at $345,000 for a one bedroom unit and $535,000 for a two bedroom flat.

The proposal will see a new restaurant built at the end of AC/DC Lane, which this site backs onto.

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