Goldfields Group has won permission for its controversial 12-storey 198-hotel room development on the site of the former Matt Blatt showroom at Richmond.
The proposal for the 1710sq m site at 587-593 Church Street was referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for determination after the Yarra City Council failed to make a decision during the statutory period.
The tribunal has granted a permit for the revised development application, subject to conditions including the reconfiguration of the ground floor to include an accessway connecting Yorkshire Street to Willow Lane, and the removal of two levels from the eastern end of the tower.
“Goldfields is excited to announce that we have received planning approval for our landmark 12-storey hotel in Church Street, Richmond,” Goldfields Group said in a statement.
“In collaboration with Cox Architecture, Goldfields will deliver this hotel that will become the beating heart of the vibrant and design-focused Church Street precinct and a future focal point for Richmond.
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“In addition to world-class hotel facilities, we are excited to roll out our day club on the 12th floor featuring infinity pool, bar and restaurants, all taking in ... views of the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River.”
Goldfields Group has received “overwhelming interest from world-class international hotel operators” and would be making a decision on who to partner with in the next few months, they said.
The council and residents did not support the development based on the height and architectural design, which they felt was “too aggressive” in its response to the built form in the area.
The ground floor will contain a bistro and the entrance to the hotel, while a gym and functions rooms will occupy the first floor.
A rooftop terrace, two bars, and a pool will be open to the public.
Goldfields paid $19 million for the site in 2019, following the construction of a $300-million 24-storey office tower at 627 Chapel Street.