Media Releases 2011
Heart-breaking decision on Dimmeys
09 November 2011
Views of one of Melbourne’s most beloved buildings will be spoilt after VCAT approved a 10-storey building on Cremorne’s Dimmeys site, Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke said today.
VCAT has ordered Council to issue a permit to Richmond Icon Pty Ltd for the mixed-use redevelopment, which will involve a new supermarket and 82 apartments. The Dimmeys clocktower and Swan Street façade will be retained.
Cr Clarke said VCAT’s decision would be sad news for many Melbournians, including the 370-plus people who had objected to the proposal.
She said Council had fought hard to protect the visual prominence of the 100-year-old Dimmeys clocktower, even employing a senior barrister to argue the community’s case before VCAT.
“This VCAT decision is going to be heart-breaking for our community because it will tarnish a local landmark of which we were all proud,” Cr Clarke said.
“When you put a 10-storey oval-shaped glass tower behind a shopping strip where the buildings pay tribute to the Victorian era, you change the character of the neighbourhood forever.”
Cr Clarke said Council had also been concerned about increased traffic volumes on narrow local streets. She said VCAT had ordered permit conditions which the tribunal said would help avert traffic problems. The developer will have to pay for a shared zone to be created in Byron Street, where the kerbs will be removed and the road widened. In Green Street, on-street parking is likely to be removed from the eastern side to provide more space for cars and trucks.
Here is the VCAT decision on the Dimmeys redevelopment (244.00kB)
Here is background information on Council's objection to the Dimmeys redevelopment.
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