Apartment Skyscraper to Replace Low Rise Office at the Top of Melbourne CBD

THE new owners of a small office building at 315-321 La Trobe Street – near the popular Celtic Club at the top of town – have wasted no time seeking a redevelopment application.

The building was for 25 years the headquarters of law firm Tisher Liner & Co, which relocated to Queen Street after selling its La Trobe Street offices to the developers for a speculated $4 million last September.

Having lobbied immediately (and unsuccessfully) to build a 33-level tower on the small 300 square metre block, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has instead granted the new owners approval for a 22-level building rising 65 metres.

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Council Rejects 36-Level Russell Street Proposal, But Nearby 55 Level Tower Will Proceed

IT’S back to the drawing board for the owners of Russell Street’s Rido House office, after the Melbourne City Council refused its application to replace it with a 36-level tower.

The council blamed height, setback, wind impacts, general amenity to adjacent buildings and an excessive site plot ratio as reasons for rejecting the proposal.

However – and as is increasingly the case in Melbourne planning – the developer has appealed, and the matter is currently being heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

If approved, the 42-year old office on a compact 381 square metre block at 276 – 284 Russell Street will be replaced with a 117-metre tower with 154 flats or hotel suites, but no car parks.

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