Tower bends to succeed
A 40-STOREY tower that will house the first hotel in Fishermans Bend has been given the green light, as dozens of other projects in the development precinct remain on hold.
The state planning department yesterday confirmed the Capital Alliance development, to comprise 200 hotel rooms and 111 apartments, after viewing hugely revised plans.
It will be built on Normanby Rd in Southbank, which falls within the Fishermans Bend precinct. It is the first to win approval there after the state government put 26 development applications on hold this year, and got through because it was an amendment of an existing permit
Two other Fishermans Bend projects with planning amendments are awaiting approval — at 19 Salmon St in Port Melbourne and on Ferrars St in Southbank.
The stalled applications will remain in limbo until revised planning controls come in.
Capital Alliance bought the former scrapyard at 199-201 Normanby Rd with plans and permits for a 262-apartment tower. It scrapped large parts of the original design, with founder Mohan Du stating it wouldn’t have got off the ground without changes.
“The reason we got the amendment through is the vast improvements we have made to the building,” Mr Du said. “We have done a complete overhaul.”
The amended plans were drawn up by DKO Architecture and now feature Australia’s first AC Hotel — a European brand operated by Marriott International.
Construction will begin later this year, and is due to be completed in late 2020.