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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