Samma’s $152m Dockland Build-to-Rent Tower Moves On

Samma Docklands

The Future Melbourne Committee is set to examine and comment on the plans for Samma Property Group’s latest build-to-rent project at Melbourne’s Docklands.

The committee is due to consider the plans at its meeting on Tuesday, October 18. Planning officers have recommended that the committee resolve to inform the Victorian planning minister that council supports the plans with some minor conditions. 

The committee will be looking at the plans for the building at 194-204 and 206 Lorimer Street to determine if its built form is appropriate and if its design complies with Clause 58 of the Better Apartment Design Standards (BADS) and with the Yarra’s Edge Bolte Precinct Development Plan 2013.

The site is next to the Bolte Bridge in the Bolte Precinct West Development Plan area that was added to the Yarra’s Edge plan in June 2019.

A future development, the Yarra’s Edge Tower 12, sits on the other side of the site along Lorimer Street with a two-storey commercial building opposite it.

There are existing heritage-listed sheds on the site known collectively as Shed 21, dating from the 1950s when they were built for the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioner.

These will not be demolished as part of the project with planning officers recommending a review into how they can be managed and maintained in the future. 

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