Owners of the Forum Theatre, Mariner Group have submitted another proposal for the redevelopment of the MTC site between Russell Street and Hosier Lane. The plans will see a 32-storey boutique hotel and office complex built behind the Forum on the derelict old MTC site.
You can read about it in this article in the Age today. This will obviously have a huge impact on Hosier and Rutledge Lanes, both during construction and (more significantly) when it is complete. At this early stage it’s difficult to proffer an informed opinion about the design. It has been developed with little or no consultation or conversation with those who actually know and understand the community in which it sits.
On the surface it seems a fairly typical and uninspired developer approach to this important site. The application centres around this being essential to facilitate the much needed refurbishment of the Forum Theatre, which has (conveniently) been left to fall into disrepair. The application was filed with the Victorian Department of Planning on Friday and the decision about the proposal will ultimately rest with Planning Minister Matthew Guy.
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