Major Proposal Being Reviewed For West Melbourne

IN THE week the Melbourne City Council legislated for higher-density development in the inner north-western suburbs, it can also be revealed Planning Minister Matthew Guy is reviewing plans to replace two historic West Melbourne factories with two landmark apartment buildings – the tallest soaring 44 levels.

The sites, at 371 – 379 Spencer Street and 83 – 113 Batman Street, will be combined to create a new village with a gross floor area of some 85,000 square metres – about the same size as the Rialto.

Proposed by local investment house Bennelong Group, two towers – one rising 39 levels, and another, 29, will be developed atop a five level podium which will include 548 car park bays and 223 bike spaces.

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Skyscraper Approved Behind 420 Spencer Street, Site Now For Sale

ONE of the inner-city’s most distinctive art deco commercial buildings – on a gateway site connecting West Melbourne to the CBD – will be retained and form the entrance of a major apartment skyscraper.

Planning minister Matthew Guy has approved the development of a 32-level, 368 unit apartment tower on land behind the Streamline Moderne building at 420 Spencer Street, near the Flagstaff Gardens, at the north-west tip of town and within an area that is quickly becoming a development hot-spot.

Constructed in 1930 as the headquarters and showroom for Australian Glass Manufacturers, and extended in 1937, 420 Spencer Street (pictured) was until recently occupied by retailer Nightingale Electrics. The building, recognised by the National Trust, used materials such as metal window door frames in its then-modern design.

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