After spending $30 million on a low-rise office covering 1.1 acres in Glen Iris, Time & Place and Woolworths are about to lodge a residential and retail redevelopment application.
The proposal is five storeys – as expected – and will be constructed over an underground customer car park.
It has been designed by one of Melbourne’s most exclusive architecture firms, Carr – which might have been unexpected.
Over a ground floor supermarket, the complex will contain c90 dwellings – a mix of one, two and three bedrooms – and all with an external entry.
A community consultation period started this month – a website was also launched with details and artist’s impressions.
An application is expected to be submitted shortly.
The owners are anticipating a City of Stonnington planning decision in 2022.
Modernist design doesn’t look like a traditional apartment block: developers
Time & Place and Woolworths’ decision to buy 173 Burke Road, Glen Iris, came in June, during the country’s lockdown.
The site accommodates a low-rise office which earns annual rent of c$795,000 (story continues below).
Decades ago it was a Ken Foster Ford dealership.
It has been identified for regeneration as part of the council’s strategic plan for Burke Rd, the owners said.
“This development application delivers a clear vision to revitalise the site and deliver a thriving, contemporary and convenient mixed-use development,” Woolworths state development manager Don Foulds added.
“Our proposed designs aim to reflect the unique local character of Glen Iris while delivering on Stonnington’s…vision for high quality housing and convenient shopping for the area”.
“The proposal, designed by renowned architecture firm Carr, has been designed to reflect the unique local character of Glen Iris, while meeting the retail needs of the surrounding community closer to home,” according to Time & Place principal Edward Pearse.
“The design we’ve put forward does not look like a traditional apartment block,” the executive said.
“It takes cues from suburban living and Australian modernism to improve this underutilised portion of the Burke Road.
“The design considers careful integration of the residential and retail elements to ensure a quality living and shopping experience for all end-users.
“We’ve looked to bring the best of traditional terraced homes – from their sustainable design and down to the entry experience – to a higher density project.”
Woolworths will only face Burke Rd; the Hope St side will contain an open-air stairway for residents.