Melbourne-based developer Milieu have lodged a development application with the Moreland City Council for an eight-storey residential project in Lygon Street.
The burgeoning developer’s $17 million proposal comprises 48 apartments, eight townhouses, and ground floor retail.
Located at 119A-121 Lygon Street, the proposed development falls within the “Lygon Street Local Area” of the Brunswick Activity Centre, which has been recognised as an integral part of the commercial precinct. The site currently accommodates a single-storey brick warehouse building.
In recent years, the Brunswick Activity Centre has undergone a significant change in built form from a low-scale commercial centre, to a centre accommodating larger mixed-use developments.
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According to Milieu’s co-founder Michael McCormack this change is manifest on the suburbs’ stretch of Lygon Street with many new retail and hospitality offerings opening that historically may have preferenced areas such as Carlton, Fitzroy or Collingwood.
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McCormack says that owner-occupiers remain Milieu’s key target focus for all projects, with their Lygon Street project expected to cater to a broader demographic with wide-ranging budgets.
“Our projects are designed with this market [owner-occupiers] at the forefront of our minds.
“This results in tangible design decisions such increased level of amenity through designing the building to include double aspect apartments creating dual light and cross-flow ventilation, increased levels of joinery and storage.”
“As well as other, subtler, design decisions to foster community, such as common areas that encourage interaction.” McCormack said.
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Designed by Fieldwork, the proposal aims to create a considered residential project which responds to the evolving context of East Brunswick.
Of the project, the architects said that the building has been designed to address the site’s dual interface, with the active, bustling and evolving Lygon Street on one side and the finer-grain residential character of Edward Street on the other.
“The proposal mediates these two conditions and that speaks to both future and existing contexts.”
Lygon Street is currently awaiting approval from the Moreland City Council.