Plans for a $50-million mid-rise commercial development have been lodged with City Of Yarra Council to reinvigorate an “under-developed employment site”.
Sam Tarascio’s Salta Properties spent $14.75 million on the 2944sq m block at 173-177 Barkly Avenue at Burnley in 2019 to add the former Telstra site to its land bank.
The Gray Puksand-designed office building would be eight storeys with a maximum building height of 35.3m, and a six-storey podium.
It would include 11,685sq m of office space, 764sq m of restricted retail space and about 1387sq m of communal space.
According to the architectural plans the building would incorporate recycled bricks from the existing industrial building on the site to create “unique smaller structures as well as hardscaping, including seats and planter boxes”.
“The application of this brick in a new development is intended to contribute to a visual connection to the site’s history, and provide a textural and tactile presence to those who use these spaces,” the report stated.
“The regular, structural language of an industrial building is kept on the street frontage.
“At ground levels where it engages with the pedestrian, the façade is set back with columns appearing deep and grounded.”
According to Gray Puksand the use of the concrete and glass volumes plays to the saw-toothed rooflines of the factories and warehouses that reflect the industrial roots of the area.
“[It celebrates] Richmond’s adaptive character to the changes it has undergone through time as a suburb that gets closer and closer to the Central Business District of Melbourne,” the report stated.
“[It’s] a commercial campus inspired by the transformation of the workplace and its evolution from the industrial past through technological present to wellbeing future.”
Barkly and Adam will include 213 car parking spaces and end-of-trip facilities for bicycle commuters.
City of Yarra Council is due to assess and make a decision on the proposal at the end of May.