Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market

Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market
Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market

Prospective buyers have the best part of February to secure a permitted development site on the edge of the Box Hill Activity Centre.

Savills are marketing 813-823 Whitehorse Road under an EOI campaign closing Wednesday 28 February. At stake is an approved 994 square metre site with approval for a Bruce Henderson architects-designed apartment tower spanning 16 levels.

Interestingly the site on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Elgar Road went through planning under Mont Albert, although selling brochures list the project in Box Hill; likely in order to boost buyer interest.

Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market
Hero perspective from Whitehorse Road. Image: Savills

Approved within the tower are 89 apartments above retail and commercial spaces. Savills state the apartments are majority two and three bedrooms, with expansive view over the CBD. 

With a slim Box Hill TAFE site and Kingsley Gardens between 813-823 Whitehorse Road and the CBD, those uninterrupted views are likely to stay.

Applicant Doyen Tower Pty Ltd lodged plans for the project during December 2016, with the tower finding favour via VCAT.

Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market
Ground level retail. Image: Savills

In the interim City of Whitehorse rejected the proposal during April last year.

As is often the case, revised plans were submitted for the development during the approvals process. According to the Herald Sun, VCAT approved the tower at 813-823 Whitehorse Road during October despite the council’s decision to reject the application.

We are satisfied that the substituted plans have effected significant improvements and that the proposed building (with some tweaking via the permit conditions) will be a very positive addition to this streetscape/activity centre and sit in an appropriate manner alongside its nearest neighbours.

VCAT tribunal

Planning machinations aside, the eventual buyer of the site will be able to deliver the glazed tower which will effectively become a gateway project for those travelling north along Whitehorse Road.

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

Bruce Henderson Architects Savills Apartments

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