Box Hill bubbles along with multiple new towers at planning

Box Hill continues to rack up significant planning applications, with the eastern hub showing no sign of slowing in its skyward progression. Three significant proposals are in the works, potentially adding hundreds of new apartments to the Box Hill market, which has well and truly blossomed over recent years.

Ausgood Development Pty Ltd is proposing a 14 level tower directly opposite Box Hill Hospital, the first time that a tower of that magnitude has ventured that far north within the Hospital and Western TAFE precinct. At 17-19 Arnold Street, Desyne Developments have conceived the proposal which includes 119 apartments above 4 medical suites.

Well away from Box Hill's Whitehorse Road spine, the proposal is more significant in size than any of the contemporary apartment developments adjacent to it.

Arnold Street's potential new outlook. Planning image: Desyne Developments

More grandiose in its nature is 517-521 Station Street; the latest prospect for Golden Age Group.

Plans are afoot to rezone the land parcel acquired by the developer during 2016 from Public Use Zone to a Mixed Use Zone. If successful, the 7,344sqm site which cost Golden Age $51.8 million will be transformed into multiple residential towers.

Preliminary plans by DKO Architecture shows the site hosting dual 18 level towers, supplemented by a smaller 6 level building. In addition to 429 apartments, the scheme also calls for 6,638sqm of retail space, 77 serviced apartments, 1,950sqm of office space, a gym, 400sqm medical centre and a child care centre with capacity for 107.

Whitehorse City Council have provided support for the development, with the rezoning subject to a final nod from the Minister for Planning.

Golden Age's latest Box Hill project. Planning image: DKO Architecture

Among some of the other more prominent planning applications for Box Hill within recent months is that of 34-36 Prospect Street. Sought is approval for the development of a 30 storey mixed use building for the 1,208sqm plot.

Last year Urban Melbourne speculated that a current design for the site by Taouk Architects may be the design which is at planning. Whilst that remains to be seen, what is black and white is Box Hill's position now as Melbourne's dominant suburban apartment market.

After the addition of 17-19 Arnold Street and 517-521 Station Street, Urban Melbourne's Project Database is now keeping tabs on 4,150 apartments across 34 projects which are currently in the development pipeline across Box Hill.

Falling under the Box Hill Structure Plan, although technically within Mont Albert, it's worth noting that 813-823 Whitehorse Road is also at planning. The high profile vacant corner site is subject to a Bruce Henderson Architects-designed 18 level apartment tower encapsulating 96 apartments.

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George D's picture

Labor need to hurry up with the Box Hill Station refurbishment. It's more than due.

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Aussie Steve's picture

I have 2 words - Developer Contributions.

The huge number of developments in and around Box Hill should fund the redevelopment of the train/bus interchange. The profit margins are HUGE and thus some of those profits should be used to help fund public realm improvements.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

The problem with redeveloping Box Hill Station is that Vicinity Centres, which owns Box Hill Central and leases the retail centre above the station, is not interested in developing residential or other uses above a shopping centre as they think it will be too complictaed and not worth the effort. They are happy to just keep on collecting rents from the existing centre.

This menas that the government can only go ahead with a limited refurbishment of the station and improve the existiing facilities rather than an intergrated development of the whole site which would be the preffered outcome.

Hopefully Vicinity Centres will realise sooner or later the huge benefits in an intergated development would have rather than playing it safe and leaving the site underdeveloped.

The sale of developent rights to the whole site would easily cover the cost of rebuilding a state of the art new station and transport interchange.

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johnproctor's picture

Steve Matthew Guy changed the developer contributions rules so they only apply to local infrastructure. Can't incorporate state infrasructure in DCP's anymore.

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Aussie Steve's picture

Thanks JP
Yet another reason why MG should never be premier!

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