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#227

Ikebana is not rolling straight off your tongue exactly, you two...lol

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#228

Smorgan and Kanat families back $300m West End project

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The powerful Victor Smorgon Group and the Kanat family, which owns the Ted Baker fashion distribution in Australia, are backing a $300 million residential project in inner-city west Melbourne.

The wealthy private investors have tied up with local developer Trenerry Property, which acquired the 9200 square metre site in Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne in late 2014.

The two private investors have previously joined Trenerry on other inner-urban development ventures. The Victor Smorgon Group invests in a range of property assets, including a pre-fab hotel in Perth.

The latest project will come up on one of the largest development sites in West Melbourne, just outside the CBD.

The site was previously owned by Australia Post, which used it for a call centre. It had submitted development plans for the site to enhance its value before the sale.

The Trenerry project, known as West End, gained development approval in July last year. It comprises five individual buildings that will transform the former industrial site into a residential village with retail and open space.

A total of 358 apartments will be built, and one building will be a 92-room, 4.5 star hotel.

Four individual architectural firms have been appointed to design the buildings: Hecker Guthrie, Carr Design Group, Mim Design and Six Degrees. ARM Architects are the masterplan architects, while the principal architect for the project is CHT Architects.

Variety of services

The ambitious project, spread over one hectare, will include a supermarket and medical centre, a wellness centre, day spa, pool, gym, and 50-seat cinema.

A dog wash and dog-walking service are also planned, said Trenerry Property director Robert DiCintio.

​"Everything you could possibly want is catered for, from fine dining, having your dog walked, your wine stored, to your dry cleaning delivered.

"It's not services for the sake of services, or stuff that sounds good on paper but doesn't work in reality.

"It's real life amenity that changes the way you live in the world and in your apartment."

The project includes gated gardens of almost 2000 square metres. A 600 sq m public park will also be built.

Construction will begin in June and is expected to be completed by late 2019.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/smorgan-and-kanat-families-back-300m-west...

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#229

First angle is nothing to write home about

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#230

Veteran Frank Wolf makes residential move: Abacus to go up in central Melbourne

Diversified investor Abacus Property Group has quietly put its foot on a large inner-city Melbourne development site with scope for a $100 million-plus residential and retail project.

Led by property veteran Frank Wolf, Abacus has secured a 4000 square-metre site on Spencer Street in West Melbourne, just outside the CBD.

Abacus has set up a joint venture with two smaller Melbourne-based developers, taking control of the site at 512-544 Spencer Street in late December.

Occupied by an office furniture warehouse and showroom, the site runs an entire block along Spencer Street.

The Abacus-led joint venture has struck a purchase agreement for the site which, it is understood, includes a settlement period of more than two years. The price is yet to be disclosed.

Abacus and its joint venture partners are moving quickly to get their plans in place for the Spencer Street site.

Already the partners have submitted an application for a medium-density mixed-use project on the site.

Their proposal is based on a single eight-storey building, rising to almost 30 metres.

If approved it will include 207 apartments, along with a supermarket and other retail tenancies. The overall development will comprise more than 62,000 square metres.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/veteran-frank-wolf-makes-residential-move...

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Spencer
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Volaire
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#234

Arden Gardens has been picked up by Hickory - going to construction

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Reflections

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#236

Arden Gardens - aesthetically top notch
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The Spencer
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#238

Few more of West End

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#240

A big wish from the Kangaroos:
http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-05-09/roos-bold-plan-for-massive-innerci...

NORTH Melbourne will boast the biggest and best inner-city training complex in Melbourne under an ambitious plan submitted to the Victorian government.

Under North's proposal, its Arden St headquarters' footprint would grow from 4.5ha to 11.2ha and would be upgraded to include:

• An indoor centre with a large synthetic oval.
• A second indoor centre with four multi-use hard courts.
• An indoor aquatic centre with a 50m pool.
• An outdoor synthetic oval with lighting.
• Sports changerooms and social rooms, which could be used for AFLW and VFL games.
• A café and other shops.

The Kangaroos' plan was submitted in response to a proposed $7 billion redevelopment of an industrial pocket of North Melbourne, which will become known as Arden.

North's proposal is before the Victorian Planning Authority, which last September released a draft vision and framework for Arden.

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In a submission by Tract Consultants on behalf of the club, North contends its plan would be a win for both the club and local community.

"The club sees the development of the precinct not only as an opportunity to secure its long-term training and community base in the heart of Melbourne, but a major opportunity to engage and contribute meaningfully to a world-class community sports and recreation hub, which connects and is embraced by the local community," the submission says.

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"To achieve this, the club needs to future proof its current base, including potential accommodation of a women's team and facilities suitable for VFL fixtures."

Arden will be bound by Macaulay Rd to the north, Dryburgh St to the east and the Upfield railway line to the south and west.

Under North's submission, the club's expanded grounds and most of its facilities would be open to the local community, and would serve as the new precinct's primary open space. New public amenities would also be installed around the site.

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That is easily a hundred million in land, let alone project costs and roughly 56,000m2 of land (including streets) to be acquired.

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Asian developer sets new land record in West Melbourne

United Asia Group has paid about $20 million for the Flagstaff City Inn in West Melbourne with plans to develop a high-rise project on the 1304-square-metre site.

The acquisition of the two-level hotel at 45-55 Dudley Street, which sold without a development permit, set a new land record of about $15,000 a sq m for West Melbourne, according to selling agents Savills Australia.

Perhaps more importantly, it indicates that offshore appetite for development opportunities in Melbourne remains strong despite the recent introduction of new taxes and charges imposed on overseas buyers, including a 7 per cent stamp duty surcharge, and a withdrawal of major bank funding to the sector.

The reintroduction of a 50 per cent cap on offshore sales within new developments, along with a vacant property levy and new capital gains tax changes for foreign and temporary residents announced in this month's federal budget are all expected to put the brakes on new development.

UAG, headed by Malaysian-born and Singapore-raised Nicole Chow, recently completed a high-rise project on Flemington Road in North Melbourne opposite Royal Melbourne Hospital and has about $400 million worth of residential projects under its belt.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/residential/vic/asian-developer-sets-new-...

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3000's picture
#242

Maybe the market will cool off, regroup and we will start getting some better outcomes. A brief lull won't tank the apartment market.

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#244

Wow. That's ugly.

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#245

IMO lacks the finesse and polish of Republic Tower, and the massing with all the various setbacks seems a bit awkward.

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3000's picture
#246

I always was surprised that this one got approved in this area, it's not exactly small. Hopefully once they finish off the white cladding it will come up okay.

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Primal Beauty's picture
#247

I wouldn't call it ugly or remarkable for that matter; it is rather a robust design that possesses certain masculinity if I can use that term.. but I make my own terminology anyway...lol

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#248

It looks like admin block of a chemical plant. But really tall. I can kind of get with that vibe on the light-facing side in that middle picture. Masculinity is a good word. But the rest of the presentation seems to be CE/Brady-by-numbers.

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#249

You cannot have been to many chemical plants.

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#250

Looks OK to me, but the shorter building on the left of Ryan's second photo is a crime against humanity!

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