Keep Hosier Real - Hotel Forum

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Planning Application No. 2013/009973, 17 – 25 Russell Street Melbourne

Dear Lord Mayor,

Since the 1990s, Melbourne’s lanes, particularly the pedestrianised ones, have had their heritage value officially recognised and they attract interest from Australia and around the world. Hosier Lane lies opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders St, a prominent position in the city. The lane has been noted for the quality and the often political nature of its art. It features in the state-sponsored book The Melbourne Design Guide and in Tourism Victoria’s Lose Yourself in Melbourne advertising campaigns, and hosts thousands of visitors each day.

We recently stood together in the Laneway to ‘unveil’ the incredible Adnate portrait on the back of MacDonald House. This will be completely covered by a proposed redevelopment that completely disregards Melbourne Planning scheme as it relates to Heritage areas, to Lanes and to Loading and Unloading of Vehicles.
I am a resident of Melbourne and I object to the proposed violation of one of the most important cultural, heritage and tourist sites of Melbourne. As I am not entitled to be heard on this matter, I respectfully ask you to relay these concerns to the Planning Minister:

1. Respect the Heritage of this zone

The proposed 32 floors (122m) will overshadow and overwhelm the Forum, a heritage site of National importance

· Conform to 40m heritage height restriction as the absolute maximum height accepted for any new building in this zone or require significant setbacks to retain the scale and aesthetic of the laneway.

TheRussell Street Theatre/MTC building conversion & design is the last remaining Robin Boyd design in the CBD.

· Request full investigation of the archaeological and architectural significance of the 17-25 Russell Street site.

2. Preserve Hosier Lane as a pedestrian precinct

The proposed development requires that all deliveries pass through the narrow Hosier lane. The dozens of daily vehicle movements would include food and linen, garbage disposal and vehicles for maintenance. These activities will pose a serious threat to the many pedestrians that visit each day and seriously impact on the atmosphere, heritage and tourism benefits of Hosier Lane and are contrary to the Melbourne Planning Scheme CBD Lanes Policy.

· Request the developer to make all vehicle and loading access from Russell Street 2

3. Maintain the integrity of the current use and the street art walls

The above application proposes loading doors, a hotel café and glass wall facing onto Hosier Lane. This will reduce the area of street art and damage the ambience of the lane significantly.

· Request that the interface with Hosier Lane provides a blank wall suitable for street art across as much of the site as possible, and does not interfere with the existing pedestrian activity.

I am also very concerned that the long term activities that have been instrumental in building the fabric of the area will be pushed out. In particular the Living Room that provide exceptional and much-needed services to our most vulnerable citizens may not be able to co-exist with a high end hotel and cafe immediately opposite. It is also highly likely that hotel guests will not accept the level of noise that emanates from the Forum, with a high likelihood that we will eventually lose this important live music venue. Noise testing that is included in the application does not reflect the typical bands that play the Forum.

All of the community want the laneway to be active, alive and safe, however it needs to work for all. We are all owners and custodians of the place at this time and should be involved with the process of transformation for any new purpose.

Thanks you in advance, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this Application for Development.

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