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#27

Considering this application was submitted in February last year, with much larger projects being submitted and approved (Aurora, CUB for example) after it, this proposal clearly had issues and I don't think it ever had much chance at approval, under Matthew Guy or not.

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3000's picture
#28

The amended design was hideous. Good riddance to this proposal

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Qantas743's picture
#29
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3000's picture
#30

I agree it's suspect, but it's not like some of the stuff Matt Guy approved didn't reek of lobbying or dirty money either.

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Bilby's picture
#31

Are you suggesting that someone has tried to lobby the planning minister here, Qantas743? That would be a serious accusation if there was any evidence that Richard Wynne was influenced by such lobbying. What can you point to? The previous government furnished us with many good examples of just exactly the sort of thing to look for in such cases ...

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ministers-10000-dinners-20130304-2fh3y...

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#32

I'm not accusing anyone of anything.

I merely posted the article.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#33

Melbourne Council reject Grocon tower plan for Spring Street

CBD | 85 Spring Street | 142m | 39L | Residential

Grocon and Planning Minister Richard Wynne are nearing agreement on a controversial apartment tower plan at 85 Spring Street - but the Melbourne City Council has opposed the project at the last minute.

At a state planning tribunal hearing on Thursday, the council voiced its opposition to the project.

Mr Wynne had previously refused the apartment tower because it would have overshadowed the parliamentary precinct.

Grocon reduced their project to 28 levels on Spring Street, rising to 39 levels at the rear - substantially lower than their initial application for 46 storeys.

The new application also had 100 fewer apartments.

The council is understood to have opposed the project because it was still not set back far enough from neighbouring areas.

The building was the first project Mr Wynne has refused as planning minister.

It sprung to prominence after Mr Wynne's chief of staff met with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union - which has waged a long-running war with Grocon - in February and briefly raised the project.

Melbourne City Council's objections to the project are now set to be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/melbourne-council-reject-groc...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#34

AFR
Grocon cuts deal on Spring Street residential tower

Private developer Grocon is a step closer to realising its ambitious plan for an upmarket residential tower in central Melbourne after striking a compromise design with the state Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

However the new deal, hammered out at a tribunal hearing, then hit an unexpected snag with city hall seeking legal standing in the case in order to consider the revised proposal.

In April, Mr Wynne initially refused to approve the $300 million Spring Street tower, after agreeing with town hall's concerns that it was too high and too close to other buildings at the historic east end of Collins Street.

Grocon went to the state's planning tribunal to appeal the minister's decision, his first refusal of a project.

Late Thursday, Mr Wynne and Grocon reached agreement after the developer agreed to trim its 44-level proposal to 39 levels, and slash the number of apartments, originally about 305, down to about 225.

Overlooking both the parliamentary precinct and some of Collins Street's heritage buildings, the Denton Corker Marshall-designed tower would have risen to almost 164 metres. Grocon has agreed to cut that back to 142 metres.

It has also been redesigned into a stepped form, set further back from Collins Street to reduce overshadowing.

"We are very pleased to have reached terms with the minister through a negotiation on what we believe [will be] a high-quality addition to the Paris end of Melbourne," Grocon's Dan McLennan said.

COMPROMISE DEAL STRUCK

The compromise deal was struck during a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing. A fresh hearing has been set for July 17 to adjudicate whether the council should be given standing in the case.

The state planning department itself had originally recommended in favour of the tower, with conditions, in its report to Mr Wynne, who is the responsible authority for Grocon's application

"The mediation for 85 Spring Street was successful in that we agreed to a tower [that] doesn't overwhelm such a significant site, Mr Wynne said.

"We understand the council will apply to be a party to proceedings and we look forward to making further progress so the developer can get on with their project."

A city hall spokesman confirmed the council was currently seeking standing in the case as its planning officers considered the revised plan.

Grocon acquired the site at 85 Spring Street in late 2013 for $45 million. It is occupied by a vacant 16-storey office tower.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#35

Approved!

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#36

CBD | 85 Spring Street | 142m | 39L | Residential

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Qantas743's picture
#37

Notwithstanding the reduction in height, I think I prefer this design.

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3000's picture
#38

I want to see that podium properly first.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#39

Podium hasn't changed.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#40

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Grocon's east end apartment tower clears the final hurdle

Private developer Grocon has overcome the final obstacle to its ambitious plan for an upmarket residential tower at central Melbourne's east end as city hall moves to drop a potential legal complication.

The $300 million tower on Spring Street was initially opposed by Planning Minister Richard Wynne, before a compromise proposal for a smaller tower was reached in a planning tribunal hearing last week.

That deal faced a last-minute hurdle when Melbourne's town hall, which had also strongly opposed the original plan, sought standing in the case as it considered the merits of the fresh proposal.

On Tuesday, as Mr Wynne announced his approval of the Grocon tower and two smaller suburban projects, city hall revealed it would no longer pursue the issue, clearing the way for the Grocon tower to go ahead.

"This is a good example of working with developers in the interests of the city," Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said .

"We need to build more apartments across the city but they have to be consonant with the fact that we're the world's most liveable city, and [with] our vision for our future."

Mr Wynne blocked the tower in April – his first refusal of a project as planning minister – after agreeing with town hall's concerns that the tower was too high and too close to other buildings at the historic east end of Collins Street.

Grocon appealed that decision at the state's planning tribunal. Last week a compromise was struck, as the developer agreed to trim its 44-level proposal to 39 levels and slash the number of apartments, originally about 305, down to about 225.

"By keeping height limits in check, we can enhance the inner suburbs and draw in new residents without overshadowing or spoiling the streetscape," Mr Wynne said on Tuesday.

Grocon's development head Dan McLennan welcomed Mr Wynne's approval and the endorsement from Mr Doyle.

"The project features a high-quality design from internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall, but will also substantially upgrade and improve access to Parliament Station and the surrounding ground plane experience for all Melburnians."

The Spring Street apartments will go on the market in September and construction is expected to begin early next year.

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#41

Am I the only one who thinks this is mediocre rubbish? no

DCM have designed some great buildings, this is not one of them!

I collect, therefore I am. thecollectormm.com.au

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MelbourneGuy's picture
#42

Tend to agree. It's clean and functional but that's about it.

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Crz's picture
#43

So uninspiring for such a prominent site. Honestly, there's so much crap out there it's unbelievable. Sadly, it all comes down to corporate greed. Shit-est quality for the highest price.

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3000's picture
#44

Watch it sell quicker than anything though.

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Qantas743's picture
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Mark Baljak's picture
#46

Grocon eyes Sydney skyline in search for growth

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/grocon-eyes-sydney-skyline-in-searc...

>> Development and construction giant Grocon is eyeing an ambitious expansion of its NSW operations, aiming for a bigger pipeline of work in Sydney than in its heartland of Melbourne.

“Ideally we would achieve it in under 10 years, but we will give ourselves some breathing space,” said Grocon head of development, Dan McLennan.

“Less than 18 months ago, we could have had about five development projects running concurrently in Victoria, but in the whole history of our time in NSW we’ve never had more than one development project at any given time in that market, which is somewhat anomalous given the actual scale of the Sydney market: it’s the biggest market in Australia.”

The Melbourne-based Grocon, one of the biggest private developers in Australia, is “pursuing and have development scenarios in place” for more than $2.5 billion worth of projects that could be rolled out in the next two to three years.

While the group, which chaired by Daniel Grollo, has typically relied on Victoria for the bulk of its work, Mr McLennan said it would now look to weight its pipeline based on the size of the markets it is in, which includes southeast Queensland.

The company is negotiating on Sydney sites that would yield “two to three times” the apartment and office space compared with the projects it was bidding for in Melbourne, Mr McLennan said.

>> In Melbourne, Grocon is one of many property players feeling the shift in planning policies since Labor came to power. Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne blocked Grocon’s plans for a $300m CBD tower on 85 Spring Street, with the group forced to substantially reduce the height of the project leading to 100 fewer apartments.

But Mr McLennan seemed unperturbed by the change.

“Our experience on 85 following the decision was very positive because we worked well with government to identify what we were going to do to enhance the project in their eyes and it produced an outcome that I genuinely do think is far superior (architecturally).”

...sounds more like they're going where there's no heat from the unions?

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MelbourneBoy's picture
#47

Hi all,

Any latest news on this development? Release date for sale or anything? Plans?

Ta

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melbourne's picture
#48

Display suite ready to go

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Mark Baljak's picture
#49

Renewed Grocon project goes on sale

Melbourne-based private developer Grocon yesterday launched the off-the-plan sales campaign for a Melbourne CBD apartment project with newly changed designs at 85 Spring Street.

The 39-level project will include 183 apartments, with the interiors designed by Kerry Phelan at KPDO.

Views from the project could be over either Treasury Gardens, Parliament House, the MCG or the CBD, depending on its orientation.

Colliers International has been appointed to market the apartments.

“We’re very happy that on completion the building will sit comfortably alongside the other luxury residential projects Grocon has successfully built or developed in Melbourne through-out its history — Westin Hotel Apartments, Park Hyatt Hotel & Treasury Garden Apartments and Eureka Tower,” Grocon head of development Dan McLennan said.

The development and construction giant was forced to amend its plans for the project following the change in government in Victoria.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne was concerned that the initial $300m tower was too high and would cause shadowing on important parts of the city.

A compromise was struck between Grocon and Mr Wynne in August.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/renewed-grocon-project...

to begin early next year

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#50

2&3 Bedroom Apartments starting at $2M+!

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Danny Boy's picture
#51

CBD | 85 Spring Street | 142m | 39L | Residential

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