Bad Moon Rising

Trouble looms on the horizon for regulars who seek refreshment at the Rising Sun Hotel, one of a string of Richmond pubs engrained in the area's psyche and history. 395 Swan Street owner S. Tsourlenes & Son Pty Ltd have teamed with SJB Planning and Catt Architects to submit for approval a seven level apartment building which would replace this historic venue.

Sourcing the venue's website, The Rising Sun was established during the late 1800's. Through a number of owners and alterations the building has managed to maintain both character and a degree of heritage, lending itself as a local landmark in the process. The scheme below however calls for 30 apartments and 350sqm of retail space over seven levels. Heavy on precast panels and light on architectural flair, it's a clear departure from the present.

The L-shaped building will contain two below ground levels catering for 23 vehicles, bicycle and apartment storage and services, all accessed via a laneway running off Beissel Street. With 22 two-bedroom and 8 one-bedroom options, expected living spaces range between 45sqm and 99sqm. The majority of dual bedroom options will sit around the 80sqm mark.

In response to the High Density Guidelines for the area, the planning report contends the following, "The development will make a positive and lasting contribution to the quality of architecture in the Burnley precinct. It is designed to address both main street frontages with a well resolved design that acknowledges the corner location." In relation to ensuring visual impacts to immediate dwellings are appropriate, the report suggests "The building has been designed to be viewed from all angles, with all elevations well-articulated."

As disappointing as potentially losing this hotel is to many, evidently The Rising Sun seems to have met its end as a viable concern. As the saying goes, times change! Now it's the task of Yarra City Council to determine whether this proposal is an acceptable replacement. Issues to be addressed include the proposals impact upon the area's amenity, heritage concerns, the proposal's architectural merit and its sympathy toward its immediate surrounds.

 

For further details, click on the 395 Swan Street database listing

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

No longer viable or just that the developer can make more money with this generic development? Why not at least try and keep the character art deco facade?

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

No longer viable or just that the developer can make more money with this generic development? Why not at least try and keep the character art deco facade?

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

A better outcome would be to keep the hotel and a sympathetically designed 10 level tower above.

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