77 Bay St – between Bayshore and the four significant heritage buildings
Council has refused the application for 77 Bay St. The proposal is to construct an 8 level building comprising a ground floor level shop facing Bay St with 24 dwellings above.
The applicant has lodged an appeal with VCAT. Some of the grounds for refusal include
- the height, minimal front setbacks and lack of side setbacks of the proposal, particularly at Levels 4 to 8, would not be site responsive to the neighbourhood and streetscape character of the area, the heritage buildings to the northerly side of the site, or the reasonable amenity and energy efficiency of existing dwellings to the southerly side and rear.
- the height of levels 4 to 8 would be unreasonable and would overwhelm and not achieve a satisfactory transition in scale between the adjacent heritage buildings to the north and the massing of the 3, 6 and 9 level ‘Bayshore’ apartments to the south.
- the height, scale and massing of the proposal would not satisfactorily respond to the existing conditions on adjacent properties and could detrimentally affect the amenity of existing dwellings to both sides and to the rear, and would adversely impact on the streetscape and built form character of the nearly section of Bay St