Major 24-Level Skyscraper Proposed For Footscray

SPOTTING Footscray from the CBD, Geelong, Melbourne Airport, or any building in metropolitan Melbourne with a westerly outlook may be a lot easier from next year.

New planning minister Matthew Guy is reviewing an application for a 24-level, 222-unit complex which, if approved, would be the most ambitious skyscraper ever built in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The $90 million proposal, which will also include ground floor shops and a five-level underground car park will replace a double-storey factory bound by Moreland and Warde streets, and Neilson Place. The site is west of the Le Mans Toyota dealership which recently sold for $21 million to the state government’s development arm, VicUrban.

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Another Church Bows to Pressure For Medium Density Residential

YET another house of worship is deferring to the medium density redevelopment trend.

This time, in West Footscray, a former Uniting Church on the corner of Ormond and Glamis roads will be pulled down and replaced with 12 double-storey townhouses, in a development called Trugo.

Two bedroom townhouses start from $499,000. Prices rise for three bedroom units, available from $570,000, and the biggest four bedroom homes, which start at $670,000.

JG King Projects is redeveloping the church. Building manager Ryan L’Huillier says Trugo will set a new benchmark for townhouse living in Melbourne’s west.

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