Polis Group's East Melbourne Plans


Polis Group have lodged plans for an art deco inspired 9-storey commercial and 10-storey residential development in East Melbourne.

The group—led by Julian and Michael Bevilacqua—plan to build two triangular towers on the 849sq m corner site.

The residential building on Wellington Parade will have 20 apartments, with three apartments on the lower levels and a sub penthouse and penthouse on the set-back upper levels.

The boutique commercial building will have a lobby and bicycle storage on the ground floor with seven medical suites above and an office at the top.

The site was previously subject to VCAT appeals over the past five years on 13-storey and 10-storey applications.

▲ The two buildings are split by a brick building on the corner of Wellington Parade and Hoddle Street, East Melbourne.
▲ The two buildings are split by a brick, commercial building on the corner of Wellington Parade and Hoddle Street, East Melbourne. Image: Bates Smart

If approved, the latest plans by Bates Smart architects will replace the double-storey, brick art deco buildings currently on Wellington Street and the double-storey building on Hoddle Street.

In their place will be triangular towers with rounded facades, off-white acid washed concrete, light bronze and aluminium finishes and glazing.

The Bevilacqua family came into the spotlight last year after the listing of Camperdown Cheese and Butter Factory with permit-approved plans for a powdered milk and infant formula production facility.

Nearby, US-based Hines recently submitted plans for a commercial building in Richmond, opposite Yarra Park and Punt Road Oval.

Shanghai-listed subsidiary Poly Australia also decided to amend plans for a commercial complex near the Epworth Richmond hospital earlier in the year.

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