Developer plans 18-storey apartment building for Preston Junction

A towering development of 18 storeys is planned for Preston Junction – and Darebin Council says the proposal does not exceed height regulations.

Developer Design Consortia Australia has applied to build what would be Darebin’s tallest building, comprising 209 apartments, six shops, two offices and a gymnasium at 6-34 High St.

The council’s city development manager Mr Rudd said the location was identified as a landmark site and this was the only one within the junction precinct where a height in excess of 12 storeys would be considered.

“(But) it is important to note that Darebin Council is yet to form an opinion on this recommendation,” Mr Rudd said.

Development spokesperson Travis Reid said the building (an artist’s impression is pictured) would be a gateway to Preston.

“The building is designed to be clearly distinguishable from the Junction Hotel and, at a height of 18 storeys, will frame – not compete with – the prominence of the hotel,” Mr Reid said.

“A shorter building risks confusing the visual role of both structures.”

He said it contained environmentally sustainable features such as solar panels and a winter garden.

But Darebin Appropriate Development spokeswoman Maria Poletti said 18 storeys was a massive over-development.

“A building that is 18 storeys high is only a landmark for the worst possible reasons,” Ms Poletti said.

She said the junction was already overdeveloped.

The development is now being advertised, with the council yet to confirm when it will make the decision.

Source: HeraldSun | Julia Irwin | Preston Leader | October 14, 2013 5:45PM

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