Piedimonte joins the development movement

Piedimonte joins the development movement
Piedimonte joins the development movement

A Fitzroy North institution is in line for an overhaul, as Piedimonte Developments Pty Ltd pushes through with an apartment complex on their current and well-recognised supermarket site.

The existing supermarket will be levelled, as will a number of adjoining properties, in order to make way for an expanded supermarket with residential living above. 27-45 Best Street and 102-114 Scotchmer Street are subject to the development application which was received by City of Yarra during August.

The proposal spans the prominent 3,715sqm corner site and carries a combined street frontage in excess of 100 metres.

Piedimonte Developments along with architect Peddle Thorp and town planners Contour Consultants have teamed on the proposal, asserting that the development would satisfy the need for urban consolidation on this strategically placed redevelopment site.

Piedimonte application summary

Piedimonte joins the development movement
Artist's impression of the proposed development. Planning image: Peddle Thorp
  • Redevelopment spanning 7 storeys, highest point adjacent to Best Street
  • Expanded supermarket over ground/mezzanine levels: 2,894sqm retail & 1,763sqm back-of-house
  • 877sqm bottle shop
  • 89 apartments above: 23 x 1BR, 62 x 2BR, 4 x 3BR
  • 3 basement levels: 164 car parking spaces
  • 86 bicycle bays
  • Amenity: roof garden and terraces
  • Estimated cost of development: $45 million

Heritage retention

Piedimonte joins the development movement
Scotchmer street frontage. Planning image: Contour Consultants

The site includes lengthy street frontages, with an attempt made by the design team to visually manage built form across these interfaces by way of scaling new structures to match the existing streetscape.

Two separate existing frontages will be retained and restored as part of the development, owing to their heritage significance.  25-31 Best Street on the development's south-east corner and 102-114 Scotchmer Street which includes frontage to Egremont Street across the site's north-west corner will be incorporated.

Their facades will be restored, with the buildings retained to a depth of 3 metres.

Limited opportunity 

Piedimonte joins the development movement
The St Georges Road outlook is set for change. Planning image: Peddle Thorp

Piedimonte Developments' bid if successful would see the corner site join only a handful of contemporary apartment developments created in Fitzroy North. 

In recent years Adio Properties delivered Aquila Apartments nearby at 496-500 Brunswick Street, whilst Blue Earth Group was behind the creation of Northwood at 392 St Georges Road. The latter project contains 71 apartments over 6 levels, with a retained heritage facade to St Georges Road.

Cranecorp have a current proposal adjoining Northwood at 378-390 St Georges Road, although the highest profile development in the area is GURNER's bid for 26-56 Queens Parade.

Approximately one kilometre from the Piedimonte site, that project is by far and away Fitzroy North's largest as GURNER pushes for near on 300 apartments plus townhouses within a COX Architecture-designed scheme.

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak

Tags: 
Peddle Thorp Apartments City of Yarra Planning

Comments (10)

Help contribute to the Urban community by leaving your comments about this article
What would you like to say about this project?
damo
There is a meeting tomorrow (Saturday 25/11) where Joe Piedimonte and his architects are going to present their proposal to the public. Makes me think they've had quite a bit of concern from the public and want to hear it from the people directly. Interesting approach. Think they'll get getting an earful. These are the details *** Piedimonte Q&A - Sat 11:45am - at New Library *** Joe Piedimonte and his team will be answering your questions, at the end of the community Ward Meeting with our councillors. Ward Community Meeting this Saturday from 11am - 1pm @ Level 2, Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library Joe Piedimonte and his architect/s will be there to answer the community's questions on their proposed development - From 11:45am The councillors took up the community feedback on where North Fitzroy community meetings should occur :-) They asked Joe and his team to appear, and Joe agreed. So the extra hour has been added to the Ward meeting for community consultation on the Piedimonte's development proposal - for those who prefer their local meetings - local.
Helpful
(0)
Not helpful
(0)
Reply

Reply to this comment

What would you like to respond to this comment?
onionhead
I hope this is an ambit claim!!! It hard to see Yarra approve something vastly different to Baroongna Nagin. This is a progressive council.
Helpful
(0)
Not helpful
(0)
Reply

Reply to this comment

What would you like to respond to this comment?
bilby
Curiously, I am also in agreeance, GS.Rusty and AGH. That is rare on this fine site.
Helpful
(0)
Not helpful
(0)
Reply

Reply to this comment

What would you like to respond to this comment?
gs.rusty
Oh god, this design is a complete mess. The scale and massing I will leave alone - clearly this site can take more development, but very little about this design is contextual or has any regard to the heritage significance of the area. Some immediate dislikes: + the mansard roof with the box dormers - where else in the area does this? And why possibly introduce it on this site? + the excessively large fenestration at first floor level. Fine at ground floor, but surely the design team picked up that fenestration patterns are finer at first floor and above in the area. Why depart from that here, what's the purpose? + the incompatible mix of architectural styles - it's like a three level wedding cake, with each layer designed by people who hate the people designing the other layers. There's no coherent story in the design. + the lack of vertical emphasis and fine urban form. This will look bulkier (and out of context) than it needs to as a result. I would hope this prominent site is worthy of something a little better thought out and contextual.
Helpful
(0)
Not helpful
(0)
Reply

Reply to this comment

What would you like to respond to this comment?
agh
100% agree @GS.RUSTY
Helpful
(0)
Not helpful
(0)
Reply

Reply to this comment

What would you like to respond to this comment?

Pages