Timem for its own thread
Proposal for dual tower development in Box Hill
BOX Hill is a step closer to becoming Melbourne’s new high-rise haven, with Whitehorse Council supporting a massive 36 and 26-storey dual tower proposal.
Councillors last night, with very little discussion, unanimously voted to back Asian Pacific Group’s $260 million development, which is due to go before a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing later this week.
With it’s tallest tower at 115.02m, the development known as Whitehorse Towers would be the tallest in Box Hill, surpassing the 114m, 34-storey Sovereign Square development set to be built in Station St.
The 20-storey Australian Taxation Office building on Whitehorse Rd is the tallest completed tower in Box Hill.
Cr Helen Harris said of the 23 high-rise developments approved for Box Hill, Whitehorse Towers was not only the tallest, but the “most interesting”.
“This is a high quality and high class development,” Cr Harris said.
Whitehorse Towers, which is proposed for 850 Whitehorse Rd, includes 502 apartments, a 100-room hotel, restaurants, a gym, offices and other commercial uses.
The towers will provide 531 car parking spaces, which is well below the 710 required under the council’s planning scheme.
Cr Harris said conditions recommended by the council for a Green Travel Plan would help overcome traffic and parking concerns created by the towers.
Under the Green Travel Plan the developer must come up with initiatives to promote walking, cycling, public transport, and car pooling.
These initiatives would include a car sharing scheme, real-time information displays in the lobby of nearby public transport services, end-of-trip facilities for cyclists, and the possibility of Myki cards for new residents.
Cr Harris said Asian Pacific Group decided to take its application before VCAT after hearing one objector to the proposal planned to appeal it at VCAT if it was approved at the council.