In recent weeks local designer tshirt shop Tomorrow Never Knows and vintage shop Shag have closed on the northern end of Brunswick St. Next to Shag, Grub St secondhand bookshop is about to close. This end of Brunswick St is looking rather shabby.

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  • 6 October 2015 at 9:17 am
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    The day Grub St actually closes it’s doors for the last time, my heart will break. I couldn’t even begin to count how many hours I’ve spent in there, or how many books from that shop line my shelves… any word on if they’ll relocate/re-open??

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    • 6 October 2015 at 2:10 pm
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      They were trying to sell as a trading business including stock, and then to sell the stock separately. It is not moving, it is selling or closing.

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    • 7 October 2015 at 10:07 am
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      Yes, it’s a big one. It’s hard to see such a large space being used for hospitality again.

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      • 8 October 2015 at 6:06 pm
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        That’s bad news. What price a high rise apartment block on that site (and there goes our view)?

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        • 8 October 2015 at 7:38 pm
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          Heritage overlays on Brunswick St would make such development unlikely.

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  • 8 October 2015 at 9:01 pm
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    Brian unfortunately heritage overlays don’t stop inappropriate development? A proposed 8 story development next door to us in Gore Street went to Yarra council two years ago. Their own Heritage advisor recommended against it based on Yarra’s own Heritage Guidelines. Of course Yarra ignored that and decided not to oppose the development to avoid yet another costly and futile trip to VCAT. Unfortunately VCAT couldn’t give a rat’s about heritage and Yarra knows it.

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    • 8 October 2015 at 10:11 pm
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      Generalising about heritage is not helpful as different rules apply to different areas and streets. As I understand it major streetscapes like Brunswick St have stronger protection than back streets.

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  • 9 October 2015 at 6:25 am
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    I thought Brunswick St was classified commercial, and therefore pretty much anything goes.

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    • 9 October 2015 at 9:01 am
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      Zoning and heritage rating are different things.

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  • 9 October 2015 at 12:51 pm
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    There is now a planning permit application with Yarra in an 8 story apartment block in Smith Street on the single fronted building that is rented by Bistro K. If it gets through it will stand out like a shag on a rock from the other two story heritage buildings. Hopefully you are right Brian and the heritage overlays are stronger on streets like Smith and Brunswick. Referring to my earlier example in Gore Street I believe the MacRobertson precinct should have strong heritage protection. Yarra agrees with me according to its own guidelines, it just chose to ignore them when some pressure is applied.

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    • 9 October 2015 at 4:11 pm
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      But again each block is different. Smith north of Johnston is newer and younger than Brunswick north of Johnston and hence probably has a lower level of protection.

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  • 9 October 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    Heritage overlay didn’t matter a pip for the Thonet factory site.

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    • 9 October 2015 at 4:11 pm
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      See what I said before about main streets vs back streets.

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      • 9 October 2015 at 4:46 pm
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        The Max apartments, Brian?

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        • 10 October 2015 at 11:45 am
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          It also depends on what was there before. I don’t know what was on that site.

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          • 10 October 2015 at 11:35 pm
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            So likely this building wasn’t old or special enough to have heritage protection.

          • 10 October 2015 at 5:46 pm
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            The Pelico shirt factory was there before the Max. Mid-century factory building of about 3 storeys from memory with a drive -in forecourt that looked like a petrol station. And Little Creatures used to be Marianna Hardwick wedding dress maker, and before that Eric Planaseck furniture. We used to make things in Fitzroy, not just eat and drink!
            Re your comment about not knowing if hospitality will take over so a big space as Little Creatures again, check out the new business in the Old Colonial – looks pretty interesting, and runs through a huge space. Took long enough to get it up and running!

          • 10 October 2015 at 11:33 pm
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            The new Old Colonial has two different restaurants in it so it’s not a simple comparison. And it that soaks up a lot of foot traffic from Brunswick St there may be less around to fill up Little Creatures.

  • 11 October 2015 at 1:36 am
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    I can’t see the Old Colonial development staying the distance. It’s just too big and a bit too far south of the main strip. How the rooftop areas will avoid falling foul of noise problems I don’t know (unless the residents of public housing aren’t regarded as having the same rights as other neighbours).

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