Sunday, 29 July 2012

VICTORIA Frankston’s first high rise


By Donna Carton
Frankston Standard Leader
24th May 2011

THIS 14-storey apartment block will be Frankston’s first high rise since the Peninsula Centre.
The 89 apartments on Davey St, with a street-level cafe and gym, were approved by council last week.
Selling agent Adrian Foster, of Hocking Stuart, said 13 people had paid deposits to secure units with bay views.
Supporters of the plan said it would help regenerate the city centre but others declared the building an eyesore and a parking nightmare.
Cr Glenn Aitken said the elevated position meant it would spoil the view from the waterfront.
“The developer is taking maximum advantage of that site without any real return for Frankston,” Cr Aitken said.
However, Cr Brad Hill said Frankston, which claims to be a sustainable city, should embrace such development.
“Trying to get a development on less space and encourage people without cars to move in is a good thing,” Cr Hill said.
Cr Christine Richards said Frankston needed more housing to cope with a growing population.
“This is close to shops, entertainment centres and transport. I have no problem with the quality of this design but we need to talk to the developer about parking.”
The design has 79 underground car spaces for the 89 apartments and no visitor spots.
Mr Foster said the complex will be of “real benefit to Frankston and an injection of cash into the (CBD)”.
“People will be living and shopping in the city centre,” he said.