The future of 239 Brunswick St is in doubt. Former tenant Thomas Gannan furniture moved out in September and went to new premises across the road (where Audiolifestyle used to be) and will reopen in October. Public comment closes on Monday 5 October 2009 on a proposal from the City of Yarra to lease the land at 239 Brunswick St (notice, 20kb PDF) to Yarra Community Housing for 40 years. Yarra Community Housing plans to demolish the existing building and build a 4 storey apartment building on the site to provide affordable rental accommodation, with a shop at the front on the ground level.

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A detail of a computer rendered image of the proposed new building at 239 Brunswick St from the proposal document – copyright: used under the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 / c2009

This project was first announced in a City of Yarra press release in 2007. You can view detailed images and plans of the proposal (2.6mb PDF). I was relieved when I first saw the current plans as the original 2007 proposal designs (4.8mb PDF) were ugly and incongruous with the streetscape.

No reasonable person would question the need for more affordable rental housing in the inner city. I am however expecting to hear complaints from residents about the proposed design of the new building. Some people are likely to argue that it is too big. What do you think? If you want to object, you have until COB Monday 5 October 2009.

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5 thoughts on “the future of 239 Brunswick St

  • 3 October 2009 at 3:20 pm
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    It’s hard to get a good feel from that image – it’s going to be really exciting when Augmented Reality mobile apps allow us to walk around the streets and see a realistic visual representation of what proposed developments look like.

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  • 8 October 2009 at 11:07 pm
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    wow, that’s really GREY.

    good idea, not a very good building unfortunately.

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    • 9 October 2009 at 12:00 am
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      I think that’s the majority opinion, but at least the new building design is better than the original one. Unfortunately the present building does not appear to have sufficient historical value to warrant saving it.

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  • 27 February 2010 at 10:54 am
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    The original building did retain some element of the original facade at least.

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  • 3 August 2010 at 2:03 pm
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    good idea, incredibly bad building & execution

    unfortunately the the builders are doing a lot if things on the cheap, there’s 14 units with subsidised housing, and parking waived

    keeping the original facade doesn’t make sense for the new shopfront and design

    don’t get me started zero worksafe practices, including letting go of a cement helicopter when they had no safety rail (thank christ it didn’t go onto Brunswick St, just next door)

    the angle of the photoshop pic, doesn’t do the poor design justice, it’s 4 storeys high, as tall as the Max

    i do chuckle that they proudly display Buildsafe, with the crazy things they get up to

    as for City Water works…

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