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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #101
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Thats so awesome. Thanks Archi.
Do we have any details on time frames for this?
As far as I know the intention was/is to begin construction this year.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 04:30 AM   #102
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ISPT are putting more tenants in once the Age Staff vacate this year,,, I very much doubt that anything will happen for at least 2 years at this site!
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Old February 7th, 2009, 05:10 AM   #103
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I'm amazed they can get tenants in such Z grade space.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 09:08 AM   #104
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Its cheap.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 09:10 AM   #105
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Great stuff. Thanks Archi.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 09:17 AM   #106
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ISPT are putting more tenants in once the Age Staff vacate this year,,, I very much doubt that anything will happen for at least 2 years at this site!
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I don`t disagree with you (i.e. there are definately new tenants moving into the age building) but if you look at the plans that archi posted they are not on the site of the putrid brown building on spencer...so something could happen this year...or not...as for the plans...mmm interesting.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #107
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The eastern portion of the site is independent of 250 Spencer Street.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 11:10 AM   #108
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Old February 21st, 2009, 11:33 AM   #109
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holy crap!!! this looks nice!! and the whle age building is still up for development!! yay!! i hate that crappy building!! this + the eventual redevelopment of the age building and powerstation and savoy site will make for a very nice part of town!
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Old February 21st, 2009, 11:42 AM   #110
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could end up really good if they don't cheap out on the (exterior) materials.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:57 PM   #111
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Crikey Moses! That's pretty hot
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Old February 21st, 2009, 06:43 PM   #112
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I'm liking it. As tays mentioned, it'll be upto the materials used I reckon. Either make or break it. Nice colour glass though.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 07:34 PM   #113
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How many apartments?
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 01:00 AM   #114
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Thanks for posting Archi. That looks mad!!!
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 04:10 AM   #115
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The Sunday Age November 9 2008

Age site plan goes to council

It is the beginning of the end for one of Melbourne's biggest property eyesores.

Redevelopment of The Age's outgoing city headquarters could start as early as next year, after the Melbourne City Council confirmed it was reviewing an application for a large mixed-use village on the easternmost part of the property.

The joint venture owners of the site, ASX-listed giant ISPT and Perth based developer Axiom Properties Ltd, are proposing two high-rise apartment towers: a 51 (52)-level , 476-unit building to be known as the Australis Tower on Lonsdale Street; and a 39 (40)-level, 272-unit building to be known as Hemisphere Tower, on Little Lonsdale Street.

The proposal will include demolishing buildings and widening two laneways, Alston and Merriman lanes, to incorporate about 1500sqm of retail space for cafes, restaurants and shops.


It is not known whether a 98-year old red brick warehouse at 612 Lonsdale Street, once occupied by refrigeration engineer Reidy's, will be retained as part of the redevelopment.

Sources expect a separate redevelopment application to be lodged next year that will affect the brown-brick 250 Spencer Street building and the disused printing presses.

It's expected the prominent building will be retained, as part of a major mixed-use project that might also include offices, a retail arcade and serviced apartments, as well as more apartment buildings.

Fairfax Media sold the 1.52-hectare site for $66.1 million in February 2007, ahead of a move to a new Docklands office late next year.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 04:32 AM   #116
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top right render reminds me a lil of circle on caville.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 05:18 AM   #117
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^ A boxy version of cirle on caville eh, a version that would suit Melbourne well. This is the 3rd time in bout a week or two my stomach has dropped in shock excitement.
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 12:44 PM   #118
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me too... all good ... YEAH!
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Old April 29th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #119
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Towers approved for $20m west-end site
NATALIE CRAIG, PROPERTY REPORTER
29 April 2009
The Age

A SHABBY cluster of buildings in Melbourne's west end - an area that Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has denounced as an "eyesore" - could soon be bulldozed to make way for apartments.

The land and mismatched buildings bordering Lonsdale, Little Lonsdale and King streets are for sale, with a price tag of "around $20 million". The site has just received planning approval for two residential towers of 51 and 40 storeys.

The vendors, ISPT and Axiom, bought the site from Fairfax, along with the adjoining Age headquarters, for $66.1 million in February 2007.

"King Street at 6am" is one of Cr Doyle's five Melbourne "eyesores", nominated in December, along with the former Savoy Tavern in Spencer Street. The proposed residential development, designed by architects Hassell, would raise the tone of the district, according to ISPT fund manager David McFadyen.

"This is going to be very important for the rejuvenation of this end of the CBD," Mr McFadyen said. "The plans that have been approved are for quite a significant mixed-use development - with commercial, retail and residential uses."

He said ISPT and developer Axiom wanted to "test the market" by offering the eastern end of the site for sale with planning approval in place, before making a call on the fate of the 1960s Age building.

Agent James Kaufman of Jones Lang LaSalle said the 3420-square-metre site for sale included Fairfax Digital's former media centre and a handful of industrial-style buildings, as well as a heritage-listed red-brick structure now used as a car park. Heritage approval had been granted to incorporate its facade and one wall into the apartment complex.

Mr Kaufman said the plans included widening Merriman Lane so the proposed buildings could face onto it.

He said the precinct had already started to be cleaned up, and that Southern Cross Station and the DFO shopping centre were important assets.

"Already the area is starting to be rejuvenated. This redevelopment will make a big difference ... I didn't realise how well located it is."

But other neglected sites in the area are likely to remain that way in the short term. Demolition of the former power station on the opposite side of Lonsdale Street is almost finished, leaving an unsightly, vacant block. Its owner, Hong Kong developer Far East Consortium, has yet to seek approval for a new building.

"There is no formal application for a permit", a spokesman for the City of Melbourne said. "One application has been made for the demolition of industrial buildings not already demolished, but not including buildings of heritage interest fronting Spencer Street."


Another site on Cr Doyle's hit-list - the "bomb site" that was the former Savoy Tavern at the corner of Bourke and Spencer streets - remains boarded up. Mark Rowsthorn's Bourke Spencer Limited, which bought the site for $9.9 million in April 2005, had a permit granted in 2001 for a 47-level building with about 200 apartments. That permit was twice extended, but no development is scheduled.

Meanwhile, ISPT and Axiom had flagged an office and residential development on the Age site, but have yet to seek planning approval. Mr McFadyen said the building could be offered for lease once the newspaper staff moved by early next year.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 08:58 AM   #120
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Has anyone noticed that the glass panels of the new Age building facing Spencer Street (the upper level) are actually windows (which you can see through at night) rather than video screen which was originally included in renders?
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