Woolies wins bid to construct on ABC’s Elsternwick web site

Retail large Woolworths has received a bid to construct a grocery store and two-tower residence complicated on an Elsternwick web site previously owned by nationwide broadcaster, the ABC.

The event on the ABC’s former Selwyn Road web site in Melbourne’s inner-south will go forward after Woolies efficiently appealed a second rejection of its plans at Victoria’s planning tribunal.

Indignant Elsternwick residents protest exterior Woolworths’s web site in 2021.
Credit score:Joe Armao

The grocery store chain’s improvement firm, Fabcott Pty Ltd, initially needed to construct a podium with two towers, one 14 storeys excessive, on the location, a scheme that was first rejected by the native Glen Eira Council and likewise on enchantment on the tribunal.

Fabcott then submitted comparable however revised plans for 2 towers, the tallest at 9 storeys with elevated setbacks.

They ultimately gained the council’s approval regardless of initially being rejected and receiving a number of objections from native residents.


Locals concern the sizeable constructing’s adverse affect on close by heritage properties, its use as a grocery store, amenity impacts on close by properties and the additional site visitors.

Fabcott’s plans embody a full-line grocery store, a bottle store promoting packaged liquor, two small outlets, a spot of meeting that additionally has workplaces, a library/museum, cafe and performance space in addition to flats above.

The tribunal heard there have been additionally issues in regards to the improvement impacting the heritage former Elsternwick hearth station.

Any adjustments to the hearth station will want approval from Heritage Victoria and can doubtlessly require amendments to Woolies plans for the location.

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