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#352

This looks like it is sitting behind the historic Prahran Arcade, which ain't gonna happen!

^^ Hopefully one day they'll fully restore this beauty:

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#353

Lucia looks like a generic 1980's block of flats in Brisbane, right down to the podium

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#354

The position of Lucia though is everything one could want. You wouldn't need a car with all those facilities nearby and the train station a couple of minutes away.

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#355

I didn't say it looking like an 80's apartment tower was a bad thing mind you, bit less curtain wall or concrete stacks blandness for once

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#356

55 Claremont
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#357

As much as that new proposal behind Prahran Arcade looks like a shocker, something (ANYthing) to lift that sad old carcass of a wonderful building would be welcome IMO.
The fact that it has been left to rot in such a state is a crime.
And for the record, JB HiFi are an absolute disgrace in Melbourne. Their stores in other capital cities seem to have some sort of minimum design standard. Down here they are slums. Have some pride in your brand FFS!

The same goes for the grand old buildings on the opposite side of Chapel Street, where Coles supermarket is.
I don't 'get' Prahran......

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#358

As heritage buildings go, Prahran Arcade is actually in extraordinarily good shape for its age. It is not only almost 100% intact - a near pristine example of a magnificent inner urban arcade building - but also in superb condition both structurally and internally. The remarkably well preserved hard plasterwork, interior decoration, ceiling, rear arched fanlight and balconies are all beautifully retained at present, as is the original floorplan and wings. It's worthy of national attention as a heritage site. How anyone could even contemplate building on it (read: part demolition one of the nation's last fully intact grand arcades) is beyond me. Let's hope Heritage Victoria exercise some proper oversight and judgement here and simply say no to a development on this site. As for JB Hifi occupying the space - why not? It's a perfectly appropriate adaptive reuse of this inspiring building - music lovers don't need flashy refits to have a pleasant retail experience. This place is one of the gems of the Melbourne scene right now.

Which "bit" exactly would you demolish in order to build a tower here?

(The photos below show the "rear" of the building which fronts the street and park behind Chapel Street).

You really have to see this place to believe it!

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#359

As previously stated, there is NO way any of this historic building can and will be demolished for any such redevelopment. A can't ever imagine seeing a pink pig with wings flying over Chapel Street.

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#360

Shame the artwork didn't cover more on Yarra House
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#361

Roger David South Yarra development ticked
Being one of the last industrial occupiers to leave South Yarra's burgeoning Forrest Hill precinct has rewarded the Roger David founding family.
The rag trader and astute property owner is now permitted to replace its low-rise headquarters with a 31-level apartment tower, a proposal substantially taller than a 13-storey building council approved a few years ago.
Roger David's permit, for 399 flats and 172 car parks, has substantially boosted the site's value, sources say, to well over $20 million.
Around the corner, Larry Kestelman has just started building a 50-level tower with 450 apartments and a ground floor shopping centre.
It is expected Roger David's owners will now sell its 16-22 Claremont Street holding, having watched dozens of former industrial blocks around HQ make way for mostly apartment towers.
Upon completion, Roger David's South Yarra tower will be one of three skyscrapers abutting and overlooking the Melbourne High School hockey field.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/capital-gain-cypriot-consortium-flips-...

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Vaguely reminds me of EF's Oxley in Collingwood - very Esque-esque: SOUTH YARRA | 3141 | Projects

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#365

Essence + Wil&Co
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#366

16-22 Claremont site for sale - called Vista

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Major Malaysian takes a local view on apartment projects

>> The Kuala Lumpur-based developer is now embarking on its most ambitious project yet, also in South Yarra, a $60 million development designed by Elenberg Fraser.

"We see a lot of developers from the region go for really big projects," Mr Tee told The Australian Financial Review on a recent visit to Melbourne.

"We felt we needed to study the market. We don't want to compete with them, but there is a niche in which we can play.

>>At the Rockley Gardens project in plush South Yarra, the developer has reduced the original number of units from 78 to 49, making each apartment larger, in response to a market which, Mr Tee said, is now favouring higher end, more spacious dwellings.

One-bedroom apartments will range up to $630,000, two-bed properties up to $1.55 million and three-bed apartments up to $3.5 million.

Now privatised, with a worth in the realm of $1 billion, the Malaysian conglomerate is also on the hunt for passive assets in Australia. It was a recent bidder on One Collins Street, a Melbourne CBD office property with a bluechip address that was eventually bought by property magnate Harry Stamoulis for $125 million.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/major-malaysian-takes-a-local-view-on-apa...

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Malaysian company Salcon has purchased 16-22 Claremont Street. This will be their first Australian development.

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^^ also got cut down by 4 levels during approval to 27L and approx 88m

http://www.colliers.com.au/news/2016/rare-permitted-site-on-offer-in-mel...

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#370

That is strange because the Council did not require a height reduction as a condition of permit.

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#371

Starwood bets on Chapel Street revival with new Aloft Hotel

Starwood is betting on a revival of Melbourne's Chapel Street shopping and dining precinct with the unveiling of a new 176-room Aloft hotel to open in 2019.

The hotel at 402 Chapel Street will form part of a $120 million development by Spotlight Group, the retail, property and investment business run by BRW rich-listers Morry Fraid and Zac Fried.

The new Aloft Melbourne South Yarra is the fourth Aloft hotel announced in Australia to date and follows a string of announcements of new Starwood-managed hotels, including Four Points by Sheratons in Sydney and Parramatta and a new Westin on the Sunshine Coast.

Aloft is a more affordable, lifestyle hotel aimed at tech-savvy travellers with a focus on fashion, music and design.

"It's got an edgier, younger demographic," said Starwood's director of acquisitions and development Andrew Taylor, who added room rates would be about $220 to $250 a night for "tech-savvy, but modest room sizes".

Mr Taylor said he believed the new hotel would help transform the parts of Chapel that are "a bit daggy" and would raise the bar.

"The Como hotel was the flagship for many years. There needed to be some reinvestment in South Yarra for next generation of projects come to life. We believe we are part of that," he said.

The new mixed-use development will include ground-floor retail tenancies, first-floor offices conference facilities, 40 exclusive residences and the hotel, featuring a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/commercial/hotels-and-leisure/starwood-be...

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#372

/\/\ Is this the Plus Architecture proposal????
I'll be happy to say goodbye to dodgy Cafe Sienna and all it's "gangland" customers.
Also, Esque has apparently been selling like hot cakes.

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#373

Yeah

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Michael Berquez's picture
#374

Excellent. Great spot for a cool edgy hotel.
The building that is there right now is really gross. I used to work in the gym in there and it hasn't really changed since then.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#375

The shit that's at 402 Chapel Street now, can't wait to see this go!

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#376

It burns, get rid of it.

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