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The Glen redevelopment grows further with more apartments approved

Vicinity Centres, operator of The Glen, gained a decisive win last week with City of Monash deciding to issue a Notice of Decision that will allow the operator to considerably boost the number of apartments it has planned as part of its wide-ranging redevelopment of the Glen Waverley shopping complex.

Subject to a number of conditions, the latest version of The Glen's pending $500 million overhaul will see apartment numbers rise from 427 to 539. Post approval of the previously intended redevelopment, Vicinity Centres went back to planning, introducing the proposed amendments during August.

NH Architecture remains the project's principal design driver, with UNStudio also present across planning documents, suggesting that the international design studio has played a part in the design evolution of the project.

The Glen's new perspective. Planning images: NH Architecture

Expected changes to the centre's facade now sees a layered new skin consisting primarily of aluminium finishes, with the three residential towers also changing their configuration markedly.

The tallest 'Signature Tower' which was initially at 76.51 metres has lost five levels to better meet Council expectations regarding height. The 'Kingsway Axial Building' remains at 13 levels while the 'Urban Building' has been approved at 12 levels, and with considerably increased girth.

The wash up now sees Vicinity Centres able to add 539 apartments across the three approved towers, with configurations including 155 x 1 bedroom apartments, 357 x 2 bedroom apartments, 22 x 3 bedroom apartments and 5 x 4 bedroom penthouses which will crown the 'Signature Tower'.

Included within the revamped centre will be a net total retail floor space of 73,024sqm and 3,540 retail car spaces, plus 674 new spaces devoted to residential and residential visitor use.

The Glen's proposed Square and Pavilion. Planning image: NH Architecture

Future residents will also have access to 2,700sqm of dedicated communal open space across the southern aspect of the complex.

The Glen's forthcoming development will also strive to add a degree of placemaking by way of a new public square and pavilion that will dominate the corner of Snedden Drive and O'Sullivan Road.

City of Monash have in recent times made a conscious effort to encourage Glen Waverley's various developments to provide an active and engaging street level outcome. The Glen's public square will eventually sit opposite the new 15 level Galleria apartment development with its active frontages, while Council is also pursuing a redevelopment of the Glen Waverley Central Car Park site.

It in time is likely to feature a new library and community hub, expanses of green public space and a variety of predominantly residential towers, in line with Council's vision for a revamped heart of Glen Waverley.

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johnproctor's picture

overall seems like a great development.

Hard to know the right answer on a technical basis but 674 parking spaces for 540 apartments seems a bit high. This is right above a major shopping centre (and broader shopping precinct) with nearly everything in walking distance. Its very close to a train station to the City, and bus interchange to everything in the eastern suburbs Monash Uni, Knox Shopping, Tally Ho and Monash employment precincts etc.Easy one change access to Box Hill, Deakin Burwood, Camberwell, Swinburne/Glenferrie etc

I would have thought at least 50 (10%) of the apartments would go car free which means its actually 674 car spaces for 490 apartments which does start to look generous.

If there are going to be more and more apartments in Glen Waverley on other sites (eg. The Dan Murphey site, Council Carpark, etc) then I can't see how the local road network copes with provision for that many cars.

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SYmlb's picture

^ Unfortunately John, that is the nature of the beast in the suburbs. Try selling an apartment, unit or townhouse anywhere out in the outer suburbs without adequate car parking and it's going to be difficult, been involved in a few and have to say those are some of the most difficult ones to sell. Car accessibility is much higher on the list of priorities.

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theboynoodle's picture

That makes sense. I'm car-less in the inner suburbs and that works fine.. but I work in the CBD, I have no kids to ferry about, and my 'between burbs' journeys are infrequent enough that I don't find the time taken to do them by public transport (which is usually much longer than it would take by car) to be a problem that would justify the expense of a car.

If I was a few burbs further out then I might feel very differently. I would have thought that the car-free life (which I am LOVING since moving to Melbourne) would appeal more to the central and inner-suburbanites... so until those guys lose their attachment to their cars and parking spaces, you'll struggle to get the trend going further afield.

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