After two years of council rejection and litigation, Melbourne rich-lister Tim Gurner has been given the green light to redevelop the Spanish Club in Fitzroy.
The Spanish Club and Gurner originally agreed to a $35 million development deal in 2015 to transform the club's headquarters into apartments with the club remaining on the ground floor, but the plans were rejected by Yarra council.
The developer has been awarded a permit by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal after a Supreme Court judgment ordered the tribunal to re-hear the application.
The permit makes no changes to the development as submitted by Gurner, allowing for 38 apartments over seven-storeys across the 787 square metre site. A new Spanish bar and restaurant and clubhouse facilities for the Spanish Club remain at ground level.
[Related reading: Gurner Submits $1.5bn Mixed-Use Scheme with Build-To-Rent Provision]The project is being designed by architect Warren and Mahoney.
Gurner founder Tim Gurner said he was happy to be able to move forward with the project.
“We are now preparing for an early 2018 launch as we have a huge number of clients who have been following the project closely and are waiting for the project to finally come to market off the back of our most recent two nearby projects, 107 Cambridge Street and 28 Stanley Street, which sold out in a matter of days."Established in 1969 along Fitzroy’s Johnston Street, The Spanish Club was founded by Padre Eduardo Sanchez, a priest who persuaded the Spanish government to partially assist in purchasing the building to serve as a social centre.