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Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

850 - 868 Lorimer St, Fishermans Bend

The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, is the responsible authority for this site. The site is in the Lormer Precinct of Fishermans Bend and falls within the City of Melbourne. The City of Melbourne's comments are invited to inform the Minister's decision.
This drastically brief summary of points of interest is taken from the report to the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee of 2 February 2016
source: Report to Future Melbourne Committee 2 02 2016
Project summary
  • The site has a total area of approximately 1.01 ha with a 157.49m frontage to Lorimer Street and 184.09m frontage to Ingles Street.
  • Three towers measuring 28 storeys (96.75m approx.), 42 storeys (138.75m approx.) and 44 storeys (144.75m approx.) Podium height Between 5
  • Total 936 car parking spaces proposed on the basement and podium levels  
  • Total 631 bicycle spaces 
  • 1134 apartments: One bedroom dwellings/apartments: 459, two bedroom dwellings/apartments: 616, three or more bedroom dwellings/apartments: 59
The report recommended that
  • to enable larger canopy trees to grow on Lorimer St, power lines should be undergrounded
  • trees on Ingles St be retained and protected and that further trees be planted
  • the Ingles St frontage should be improved to include more active uses, rather than blank walls 
  • each tower be designed with a distinct architecture 
The report found that
  • visitor bicycle parking was under-provided
  • car parking rates could not rest on an assumption of the future provision of public transport
  • bike parking needed to be reviewed for ease of access to future users
The report and recommended conditions to address some of the concerns raised above will now be considered by the Minister.

The proposal failed to excite Cr Leppert who described it as 'dull', 'monotonous and bland'.

Source: City of Melbourne - Future Melbourne Committee 2 February 2016

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