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CBD | 399 Little Lonsdale Street | 34L | 125m | Hotel

Mark Baljak's picture
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Been mentioned already, best to start a thread

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The Singapore developer who last year applied to replace an 854-square-metre city block with a super-dense 567-unit residential building has amended plans to include 478 smaller flats.

The proposed new tower will rise 35 storeys and be wholly fitted with hotel rooms (which are popular with builders because they can be studio-sized, or have bedrooms that rely on borrowed light. They don't carry car parking requirements either).

In a mixed-use residential/hotel proposal lodged with the former planning minister Matthew Guy last August, a 58-level structure was to have included 447 tourist accommodation rooms.

The ALP's Richard Wynne is being asked to approve Well Smart Investment Holding's latest $90 million proposal. With a total gross floor area of 25,986 square metres, it is slightly too big for the City of Melbourne council to decide.

The low-rise former industrial property was sold by Clement Lee's Riverside Group of Companies for $15 million last May. When it was listed it carried a permit for a 39-level tower with 233 standard (i.e. non-hotel) flats.

Earlier this week, student accommodation group Iglu paid nearly $20 million for a 1548-square-metre block at 229-241 Franklin Street, at the city's northern tip.

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Probably a better outcome, looks like another new laneway!

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

If by 'laneway' you mean 'lobby entrance to the tower'...

I don't mind this one though.
Do hope that entranceway with real plants doesn't end up like that awful Infinity 8 on Franklin Street where they substituted actual vines and greenery for wallpaper with a green patten

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Yeah probably right, still better than what's there now though

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Melbourne Muse's picture

Not a patch on what was being proposed just a couple of years ago for this site though.

Marvelous Mega-Melbourne

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Mark Baljak's picture

This suggests the 199m version is approved

Singaporeans win approval for new Melbourne CBD hotel

A little-known Singaporean developer has won approval to build a 478-room high-rise hotel on Little Lonsdale Street in the centre of Melbourne, after amending the original plans from a mixed-use development to a pure hotel project.

Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne approved the amended permit at the 1080-square-metre site at 399 Little Lonsdale Street, lodged by Well Smart Investment Holdings, a company run by 23-year-old Jia Ruize.

Plans submitted in September last year were for a 56-level mixed-use tower comprising 447 hotel rooms and 120 apartments. It was due to go to a full Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing later this month after being referred on by the City of Melbourne.

Mr Wynne approved the amended permit after the developer removed the residential apartments from the development and turned it into a stand alone hotel.

The approved permit allows for the construction of a 199-metre tower of 56 levels with 270 three-star hotel rooms and 208 four-star hotel rooms as well as a bar and lounge, restaurant, conference facilities and gym.

Well Smart Investment Holdings acquired the site from Melbourne developer Clement Lee's Riverside Properties Group for about $15 million in May last year. Well Smart has also acquired hotel projects in Brisbane and at Sydney airport.

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Definitely 478 hotel rooms(3&4 star) - 34 levels @ 125m is what has been approved.

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Mark Baljak's picture

this one is a goer, ready for construction

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

could have put something more interesting in that nook really

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Demolition has commenced:

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Mark Baljak's picture

up and running

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Ryan Seychell's picture

Crema have this one:

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Adrian's picture

Well underway now ..


I for one think this is a great outcom for what was a awful carpark the fact it's opening up the laneway next to La La Land is a big win for the area ..

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Mark Baljak's picture

Reworked street level finish

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SYmlb's picture

^ Any idea what is going up next door, Mark?

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Mark Baljak's picture

Brady 200m tower approved over the blank wall

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Bilby's picture

Nevertheless, the architects could learn a bit from developments like this one in Beirut:
https://www.dezeen.com/2016/12/05/jean-marc-bonfils-apartment-block-art-...

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SYmlb's picture

@Mark: ah, 280 Queen Street development. I heard whispers from one of the tenants their lease expires early 2017 and they would be beginning demolition soon after. Could be good news.

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Mark Baljak's picture

That Beirut design goes very nicely

280Q - if the market holds I guess that it will need to get going in about a year, otherwise a permit extension may be required and who knows what that means transitioning from old to new planning laws - I'd be confident Brady don't want to find out

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