Twelve storey super-skinny hotel mooted opposite Melbourne hospital precinct

This historic warehouse will be demolished if the application is approved.

A twelve storey hotel with 55 suites, but three car parks, is mooted to replace a historic workshop opposite the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s hospitals and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Clinic.

The application for 61-63 Flemington Road, North Melbourne, will be the latest “super skinny” tower for the city: the site, on the north-west corner of High Street and with rear access to Alexanders Lane, spreads 231 square metres.

As well as the hotel rooms, the proposed DKO Architecture designed project will include a 49 sqm café, 18 sqm office and basement with storage, water tanks and space to lock two bicycles. Hotel suites above level five will enjoy north-facing district views over the hospitals to Carlton.

The block, zoned Mixed Use, cost the Melbourne developer registered as WF Flemington Pty Ltd $3.72 million last year.

For nearly a century prior, it had been occupied for commercial uses – most recently by Holley Performance, a distributor of automotive parts. In the 1950s, Pauer and Co, a machinery distributor was based within the building. In the 1960s and 1970s, the site was marked as being used for storage.

In the immediate vicinity, 13-storey residential complexes have been approved at 69-73 Flemington Road, 81-83 Flemington Road, 87-89 Flemington Road and 91-95 Flemington Road.

Buildings rising nine storeys have been permitted at 15-27 Wreckyn Street and 48-50 Villiers Street, while eight level structures have been approved at 20-24 Vale Street and 3-11 High Street – which is directly behind the former Holley Performance workshop.

Marc Pallisco

A freelance property writer and experienced analyst, Marc is the co-founder of realestatesource.com.au

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