‘For Sale’ sign goes up on controversial St Kilda Junction ‘Lego building’ site
Eight weeks after being granted a permit, residents are surprised as ‘Sale’ sign goes up at the Junction ‘Lego’ site
Residents concerned this is blatant permit trafficking
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Junction Area Action Group residents are surprised with the news that a For Sale sign has gone up on the controversial $30 million eighteen storey high rise Lego tower at St Kilda Junction.
Local Wellington Street resident and a JAAG member Debra Yung says, “This is fantastic news! Hopefully the next owners will do their research and build something more appropriate with more parking.”
JAAG St Kilda believes that a raft of VCAT conditions attached to the permit including wind tunnel testing may have added millions to the $30 million estimated building’s costs, making the venture unviable.
VCAT has approved construction of the 57 metre tall exotic multi coloured stack of Lego blocks residential tower at St Kilda Junction. Residents who passionately opposed it, have lost an epic battle to stop a permitbeing granted.
It will create a windy concrete canyon that may regularly produce wind vortex dangers for more than 1400 ride to work cyclists using St Kilda Road's south bound bike lane.
Consultants Pty Ltd's wind expert Bill Melbourtne who is highly regarded world wide and known as "Mr Wind" says,
"My assessment is that wind conditions induced by this proposed building around the north-west corner would be well in excess of the criterion for walking comfort and these conditions would carry on across the street to the opposite pavement in Wellington Street and to a lesser extent across St Kilda Road because it is so wide!"
This propsed building if it ever gets built will add a new risk that cyclists on windy days could be blown out into the path of fast moving traffic!
More than 70 concerned residents and business owners lodged objections, saying the exotic and very controversial design was far too tall and it will destroy the prized amenity of the local low rise heritage mixed residential – business zone.
More information : www.jaagstkilda.com
or Mike Sabey - Mob 0418 354 732