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Melbourne’s 671 Chapel Street Approved for Construction

23 March 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne’s Chapel Street will welcome another high-rise tower, after Stonnington Council gave the controversial 22-story tower the green light.

The AU$115 million (US$88.9 million) mixed-use tower has been approved for construction after several years in “development limbo” due to community and council criticism.

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Located at 671 Chapel Street in the South Yarra’s Forrest Hill precinct, the project will feature 158 apartments and 2,940 square meters of commercial space, including two floors of office space, a maternal and child health center and retail options.

Property law firm Planning & Property Partners originally submitted the development application on behalf of the developers in 2015, but the plans were met with initial disapproval.

The Chapel Street tower was originally proposed to reach 30 stories and feature 352 apartments.

The proposal was rejected by council following a reported 30 objections filed by the community on the grounds that its construction would disrupt traffic, parking, and be an “overdevelopment” of the area.

Councillor Matthew Koce, one of the two “no” votes,” disapproved of the tower, saying the development would cause excessive shadowing, according to the Herald Sun.

“Melbourne High is meant to be a castle on a hill; it’s turning more and more into a sand castle,” Koce said.

The revised development will go ahead, thanks to a 5-2 council vote of approval.

The area, located roughly 4 kilometers from Melbourne’s CBD, is popular with developers and has been undergoing a steady transformation into a high-rise residential hub.

671 Chapel Street will stand alongside recent developments including the AU$1.5 billion (US$1.15 billion) Jam Factory project and the Fried family’s 176-room Aloft hotel on the former Spotlight site.

For more on this story, go to The Urban Developer.