The construction of the Bunnings store had been stymied as a result of the proponent being unable to negotiate the termination of a lease agreement with Seven Eleven which is due to expire in 2022. In addition Bunnings were unable to find a joint venture partner to complete the development.
As a result the building permit issued in May 2013 has been amended to enable Seven Eleven (south east corner) to continue trading during construction of stage one. A series of plans have been prepared with the submission which represent the construction of a large retaining wall that will be necessary to ensure the integrity of the Seven Eleven store in Stage 2 of the 3 Stage development.
The timing of Stage 2, which includes most of the the apartments proposed, is likely to only occur after Seven Eleven’s vacation from the site (i.e. upon its lease expiration, post 2022). Which could mean
the Bunnings store and only 99 apartments, out of the 258 proposed, would be built before 2024. This is a reduction of 127 from the 385 apartments previously approved.
The road works, originally earmarked to be completed after the construction of Stage 1, to create a deceleration turning lane from Doncaster Road and extra lanes into Council Street to cater for large trucks and customer traffic, will now be deferred. The applicant has now requested that these works be deferred until after the occupation of Stage 2 B… at the final stages of constuction.
Stage 1. will include the 11,119 square metre Bunnings store (trade supplies and restricted retail premises) at essentially ground and first floor level.
The 99 residential dwellings in a four level tower (L-shaped configuration) above the Bunnings from Level 3-6, inclusive. (see 3D image above)
Three levels of basement car parking servicing the development, including 2 levels (Basement 1 & 2) solely dedicated to Bunnings customers and 1 level (Basement 3) for the residential component.
Stage 1 will cover approx. 60% of the land with frontage to Doncaster Road. Stage 2 will cover approx. 20% of the land with frontage to Tower Street and a small frontage to Doncaster Road. Stage 3 will cover approx. 20% of the land with frontage to Council Street and a small frontage to Doncaster Road.
Council full agenda attached:
2013 Minutes. Application 28th May 2013: