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Ballarat city councilors have unanimously approved a massive seven-story apartment development in the heart of Ballarat. Site plans include 59 apartments over seven floors, three townhouses and a cafe. Six of the apartments are offered for use in specialist accommodation. Council agents recommended councilors approve the infill, citing the net benefits to the community through increasing the downtown population, keeping part of the old building, including specialized housing and the addition of contemporary architecture to Ballarat. Councilors voted unanimously in favor of the request, with South Ward Councilor Ben Taylor proposing the recommendation, seconded by North Ward Councilor Peter Eddy. READ MORE: The 6 Lyons Street North site was once used as a music hall by Loreto College before it was damaged by fire in 2011, requiring extensive repair. Planning approval had already been given in 2012 for a five-story apartment building on the site, but this project never started. In 2017, plans were approved by the Civil and Administrative Court of Victoria for an 80-space car park at the site, but this project was also unsuccessful. Most of the building will be demolished, while the remaining part of the music hall will become the headquarters of the café. The apartment building will be three storeys, approximately 11.3 meters, on the north facade of Lyons Street, set back 2.3 meters, and spaced out from the street up to seven floors on the east side of the site. . The three townhouses will be built behind the remaining music hall building at the northern edge of the site. Although the applicant proposed that the townhouses have three stories, the councilman’s recommendation reduced them to two stories. The request was also aimed at reducing the need for parking, with 55 spaces to be included in an underground car park. Presenting to the board, one of the applicants, Joseph van Dyk of Ballarat-based Hygge Property, said the goal of the development was to create a building with a net benefit to the community. IN OTHER NEWS: Although the development was approved unanimously, some councilors expressed concern that the council needed to put in place strict height restrictions rather than suggestions, as was the case with this particular development. Cr Taylor said the Lyons Street North site was ideal for this type of development. “This is an example of good design for a great outcome for the city that brings people into the CBD, and that’s what we want,” he said. “This is probably one of the best sites for Ballarat when we look at this type of development here to get the maximum benefit that we can see from an economic point of view, from a style point of view. of life and a real change in CBD in it we are actually looking to increase the opportunities that people have, to revitalize the CBD by bringing people into it and that’s the first step in getting there. ” Cr Eddy said the development will provide Ballarat with an “exciting new lifestyle in the city center”. “We have regularly spoken about the need to demonstrate a commitment to CBD, city filling and in particular, regarding the revitalization of this slowly dying area of ​​our city,” he said. “It’s a unique site, it’s a unique opportunity to do something really good. I think the project has been tastefully developed and takes into account a lot of concerns about how it fits on the site’s footprint. If you see this post, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier because we have made this story accessible only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling the Ballarat story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.

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