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CBD | 36-40 La Trobe Street | Trillium Apartments | 39L | 115m | Residential

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Permit for 35 storeys lifts return to $3.1m

May 11, 2013

Melbourne City Council's stamp of planning approval has added more than $3.1million to the sale price of a development site on the northern edge of the CBD.

The owner, lawyer and private investor Konfir Kabo, has sold the La Trobe Street property for $8.5 million after buying it for $5.33 million (including stamp duty) less than three years ago.

Agents in conjunction, Fitzroys and Colliers International declined to comment on the identity of the purchaser, who is believed to be an ''active'' Melbourne-based developer.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/permit-for-35-storeys-lifts-r...

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Melbman's picture

I hope this isn't built.

The buildings closer to the camera on the 2nd pic should go. Don't get rid of the older buildings which have some quality about them and leave the bland.

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Mark Baljak's picture

^^ 48-50 La Trobe has been sold for likely development, essentially the same size as 36-40 La Trobe.

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Apparently the developer who purchased this site recently is looking to develop the it into an office tower with 10,900sqm of space instead of the apartment tower approved above.

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Mark Baljak's picture

revised scheme by Buchan Group / Urbis

overlooking mitigation

amenity rooftop

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

Currently

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Melbman's picture

Such a sad loss that will be for what is just another piece of sameness.

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Dean's picture

Looks good. Can the title be changed to 39 Levels and 115m

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Fedsquared's picture

Looks good but we shouldn't be losing what's already on the site for it.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

For those not familiar with the building site, it's the greyish-white building between the red brick and yellow buildings.

At one stage it would have matched the blue building on the left, but has been renovated over the years.

It can still be saved by restoring it to match the blue building and this would help preserve a reasonably intact stretch of nice old buildings in Latrobe Street.

I'm in two minds about this new proposal, I do like it, but also like what is currently there. indecision

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Almost 50% sold, aiming for April/May construction i think it was..

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Bilby's picture

This is one of the saddest losses for Melbourne's heritage in a long time - one half of the Burton Livery & Stables building - the last of its kind in the CBD. We will surely regret this destruction of the best of our remaining Victorian heritage once it is gone. This could have become an iconic cafe, bar or a myriad of other small scale, but economically significant possibilities. Now all it can become is a pile of rubble, to be replaced by one of a vast number of new towers appearing all over the CBD - how many non-heritage or infill sites could have been used to achieve the same outcome without this significant loss?

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construction tender issued - looks to be that every project announced at the moment can't go wrong in terms of sales

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Bilby's picture

A sad loss to one of the last stretches of intact historic streetscape in the CBD - the last great livery and stables building in Melbourne from the Victorian era.

It was entirely ironic to hear today, then, that one of the original architects involved with the previous version of this project, and who assisted it gain a permit (one of many by EF involving outright demolition of heritage buildings) has been appointed to the Heritage Council of Victoria:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/11231-new-appo...

Apparently Matthew Guy comment: "These new appointments bring specialist skills and great passion to the task of protecting and conserving places and objects of cultural heritage significance to the state".

A passion for places of cultural heritage significance? EF have been involved with projects that demolished heritage warehouses on A'Beckett St, and with a project set to demolish a rare early 20th century automobile showroom and multi-storey ornate Edwardian warehouse across the road, not to mention the recently flattened 1860s era Bank of NSW and its neighbouring 'Baltic Fish' terrace shops on Flinders St., amongst others. Some might say that the track record of this particular "passion" reads like a Whelan the Wrecker's 'To Do' list.

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Bilby's picture

Demolition had started when I walked past during the week. This is one of the most foolhardy projects the CofM have let through to the keeper in a long time. In future, Melburnians will undoubtedly ask how this intact 19th commercial row could have been lost during the early 21st century after it had survived from the mid-19th. What a debacle.

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Bilby's picture

Couldn't even be bothered removing the roof sheeting and recycling the historic solid oregon trusses? What a waste of one of Melbourne's few remaining great Victorian buildings.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

48-50 and 30-34 Latrobe streets which have greater heritage significance because they are less modified still don't have a heritage overlay and could be demolished tomorrow without a planning permit.

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Bilby's picture

You have a point, Nicholas - council is derelict in its duty to conserve these places. I would also add that just because a building is 'modified' doesn't mean it has less heritage significance. 36-40 was actually one of a pair as part of a stables and livery complex with 48-50. They are more or less identical buildings - one with a full parapet and one with the top section missing and some alterations to the shop front. A parapet can be restored - particularly when there is an existing matching one practically next door to work from. Beyond that, all Victorian buildings in Melbourne are 'modified' one way or another - it is no reason to demolish them at all, as the Burra Charter and Heritage Act also make clear. And while we're at it - how many Victorian commercial buildings in the CBD have their original street level shop fronts intact? That's even more reason to list 48-50 La Trobe right about now - or we could just allow it to be lost like its sister building and just consign this remaining heritage section of La Trobe street to history like we are doing with the rest of the CBD.

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3000's picture

Looks awful. Why is this being built even?
The height just sticks out and it look awkward.

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