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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#102

I don't think it is the final design. Posted it because it at least shows they intend to keep the existing building facade.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#103

Seven levels new Fitzroy norm
A local investor is buying neighbouring Fitzroy factories at the corner diagonally opposite the Night Cat.
The sites, 140-142 Johnston Street and 3 Chapel Street, are now the subject of a development application for a seven level mixed-use building containing offices, shops, 43 apartments and 40 basement car parks.
The proposal may not be the precinct's most imposing new building for long, however, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne receiving an application this week to replace part of a public housing site at the north-west corner of Johnston and Nicholson Street with a seven-level apartment complex.

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North Fitzroy Star to fade
It is the end for another inner-city watering hole with the owners of The North Fitzroy Star Hotel seeking permission to replace the pub with a boutique townhouse village.
If approved, 32-36 St Georges Road (also known as 2-6 Newry Street) will be subdivided into six lots configured as five double-storey townhouses and a 134 square metre wine bar – a hospitality venue nearly 70 per cent smaller than the one it would replace.
The wine bar is expected to hold between 15-20 patrons at any one time, according to details lodged with the planning application. It will however have a capacity for 80 clients.
Built in the early 1880s as the Morning Star Hotel, the northern suburb venue has also traded as the Fitzroy Star Hotel. It was extended after 1900, according to a conservation report.
In proposing the redevelopment, the property owner has resisted the urge to build into airspace. Instead, much like the recent Argo Hotel redevelopment in South Yarra, the new townhouses will rise no higher than other homes in the neighbourhood.
Earlier this week the Pinnacle Hotel at nearby 251 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North, was damaged by a fire.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/capital-gain-chinese-develope...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#104

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Bilby's picture
#105

The Neometro "George Corner" building turned out ok! It's curvy neighbour ... not so much. The facadism looks just as bad as it did in the renders, and those glass balustrades are awful - poorly articulated, aluminium framed and a little too 'suburban pool fence' for their gritty Fitzroy context. The colours on the curvy building are drab and lifeless, too - at least Neometro has incorporated some off-form concrete, crimson blinds and facade planting with purple wisteria - one of the better apartment buildings in Fitzroy to date.

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theboynoodle's picture
#106

Re. Seven Levels...

I live close by this and I've had a note in my mailbox alleging that the developer is trying to initiate a noise complaint against the Night Cat in order to (it is suggested) force the venue to cut it's noise impact rather than necessitate the developer investing in the necessary sound-proofing.

That's rotten if true. I can't say that The Night Cat is my kind of place - but it was there first and developers have no business interfering like that.

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3000's picture
#107

What a load of crap. I've been to the night cat on more then a few occasions and it's a fun place. This is a case developers out of control

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Bilby's picture
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theboynoodle's picture
#109

The allegation is that the developers are trying to organise a complaint from existing neighbours - presumably with that very law in mind.

Perhaps their next development will be in Richmond and they'll try to whip a fury about the awful racket from that nasty old MCG.

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Bilby's picture
#110

Which developer is supposedly organising the neighbours? The Night Cat is a long way from any current developments - unless you mean the new one across the road on Johnston Street? It's hard to imagine that noise from the Night Cat would even reach that far over the existing traffic noise (which counts as a base level for the SEPP N-1 test).

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theboynoodle's picture
#111

Yes, it's the the one across the road (allegedly, etc).

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Bilby's picture
#112

Ok. Even so, they haven't got a hope - The Night Cat is more than 12m from any neighbouring residence, which lowers the compliance threshold for the existing residential interface, and the background noise conditions are quite high on Johnston Street to begin with. The new development will simply have to soundproof if they want to comply with statutory requirements, regardless of resident complaints or not.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#113

Developer sews up Fitzroy's Gloweave factory for $20 million

Another slice of industrial Fitzroy is set to be repurposed with burgeoning high-rise builder Kahlon Group buying the heritage-listed Gloweave factory – on an enormous square site with four street frontages, one to the valuable Smith Street retail strip.

The Fairfield-based builder, which is behind a 10-level property at the Kew Junction, is paying a speculated $20 million for the 2700 square metre site at 425 Smith Street, which has the flexibility to make way for a shopping centre and several major apartment towers.

The factory is the second on the busy road for Kahlon Group, which also controls 424-426 Smith Street, on the eastern side of Smith Street, which is zoned as Collingwood.

The Gloweave site would be worth about 20 per cent less, agency sources say, if it, too, was on the cheaper Collingwood side of Smith Street.

Not far away, Banco Group and Freeman Developments are completing a controversial mixed use village with mid-rise apartment towers at the site of the first Melbourne Coles store in Smith Street, Collingwood.

Another Melbourne builder, Spec Property Developments, is planning a mid-level apartment building on a site it has just bought for about $10 million at 466 Smith Street, Collingwood, opposite Gloweave.

In nearby Johnston Street, Fitzroy, adjoining factories the subject of a seven-level residential tower are also in the process of selling to a local developer.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/developer-sews-up-fitzroys-gl...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#114

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Michael Berquez's picture
#115

They look great, especially Bespoke. Thanks for the pics.

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3000's picture
#116

I'm loving the street art. Makes the area less sterile

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture
#117

* commissioned safe graphic design =/= street art

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3000's picture
#118

it's better than nothing.

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Bilby's picture
#119

Disagree - it's far worse than nothing. It is packaged up commercial tripe that adds less than nothing to the culture of Fitzroy. If a building needs commercial wallpaper to work in the streetscape, our design industry is beyond hope.

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Melbman's picture
#120

Oh come on. Stop over reacting.

Some colour and art is better than sterile walls.

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Bilby's picture
#121

A well designed wall is not "sterile" - it's a thing of beauty in its own right. An ugly, poorly designed wall looks better with grass roots street art - or at least that's how I see it.

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3000's picture
#122

Well in this case what's there is better. I'm very skeptical of the current developments around this area as a whole and really hope we see some companies looking to step in and develop responsibly.

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Michael Berquez's picture
#123

How is asking a real life street artist (which is what happened here) to do some work on a building wall commercial tripe?

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Mark Baljak's picture
#124

Tim Gurner bets big on Melbourne's apartment market with $40m deal
Prolific apartment developer and BRW Young Rich lister, Tim Gurner, has splashed out over $40 million for an 8500-square-metre development site in Fitzroy North in his most ambitious Melbourne play to date.

Mr Gurner, who has quickly amassed a $2 billion development portfolio comprising apartment projects in Melbourne and Brisbane, said the site at 26-56 Queens Parade, about four kilometres north of the city centre and close to the University of Melbourne, would yield between 550 and 650 apartments across multiple buildings, with an end value in excess of $300 million.

Asked whether he was confident he could sell that many apartments given concerns of an oversupply in Melbourne, Mr Gurner said he believed there was in fact an undersupply of apartments in hip inner suburbs like Collingwood, South Melbourne, Fitzroy North and Richmond.

The triangular-shaped site, within the City of Yarra Gaswork precinct – comprising multiple commercial buildings, some with heritage facades, and a car park – was acquired off-market following 18 months of negotiation with the vendor, a local Melbourne family trading as Satnam Properties Pty Ltd.

It's the most Mr Gurner has spent to date on a single site, though his sold-out FV tower in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, with nearly 1000 apartments under construction, remains his biggest project.

Mr Gurner said four architecture firms had been approached to come up with design concepts for the site, with the winning concept to be selected by the end of the week and a development application to be submitted within five to six weeks.

He said he hoped to launch the project in the final quarter of 2016, with construction commencing in 2017 and completion by 2019.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/tim-gurner-bets-big-on-melbournes-apartme...

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Mark Baljak's picture
#125

Milieu - Hertford St Fitzroy

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Bilby's picture
#126

That's the north side laneway elevation. The building isn't really viewable like that in reality - unless you are standing in the private carpark behind Johnston Street. Are there any renders of the street frontage itself?

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