West Melbourne development begins its ascent

June 22, 2018 by  

An $180m eight-storey residential development has been approved for construction along the West Melbourne section of Spencer St, as part of an ongoing City Council revitalisation project for the precinct.

The City of Melbourne also plans to extend tram lines along Spencer Street, turning it into a leafy boulevard with retailers, cafes, and improved pedestrian access. As the West Melbourne area continues its conversion from an industrial gateway suburb to a prized residential district, there may be increased scope for printing services and promotional products businesses.

The new Spencer St apartment complex will stand on the site currently occupied by Rose Office Furniture and is to be built by a partnership between Lechte Corporation, Crema Group and Abacus Property Group. Lechte corporation director Christopher Paul said the proposal was directly approved by the Victorian Minister for Planning’s office after being revised to bring it in line with the City’s revitalisation project. Paul said:

“It was quite obvious to us that the government had a vision for that part of Melbourne and we were well within that scope.”

Supermarket giant Aldi will also have a presence at the site, along with a landscaped 1350 square metre internal courtyard. The Plus Architecture design pays homage to the area’s industrial heritage, with rectangular aspects on its lower levels to reflect the many warehouses that once lined local streets. Paul said he would like to see it become Melbourne’s “premier boulevard”.