German club files revamped plans for Melbourne tower

German association Club Tivoli-Deutscher Verein has filed a second version of its plans for a mixed-use project on Dandenong Road in Melbourne Prahran.

The club moved into its building, which includes a popular restaurant, on the 3,085 m² site at 291-295 Dandenong Road, in 1989.

It is between the Frankston and Sandringham train lines and next to a major tram line to Melbourne’s CBD.

He originally filed plans with Plus Architecture for a six-story mixed-use project in 2020 including restaurants and apartments.

Stonnington Town Council refused the request, which had raised objections from the community over the height, lack of setbacks and concerns about increased traffic in the area.

The club then appealed to VCAT, who also refused the request, saying the main entrance and porte-cochere needed to be moved to the Dandenong Road frontage and the plans redesigned to reduce noise and other impacts on the residential neighbours.

VCAT, however, deemed the height of the building to be appropriate.

Club management met with the board in December 2021 and then again in February and March this year to finalize a design of plans aligned with design changes suggested by VCAT. These plans were designed by Architecton.

The project now has six floors and three basements with a restaurant on the ground floor and a 366 m² restaurant on the roof, allowing the German Club to continue to function as a venue.

▲ The site is in a residential area next to Dandenong Road and a tram line to Melbourne CBD.

The project offers 31 two-bedroom, five three-bedroom and 10 one-bedroom apartments for a total of 46 apartments.

There will also be a total of 171 parking spaces on the three basement levels for residents, staff and restaurant patrons.

In addition to the restaurant on the ground floor, this level would include three three-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments while the the first floor will have three function spaces with a total of 594 m² of space as well as two three-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom apartments, a green room and an administrative office.

The second floor will have an outdoor common lounge with terraces, swimming pool and an indoor lounge, in addition to 10 two-bedroom apartments and five one-bedroom apartments.

The third floor will have nine two-bedroom, two three-bedroom and three one-bedroom apartments; on the fourth floor, a three-bedroom apartment, six two-bedroom apartments and two one-bedroom apartments; and the fifth will include three two-bedroom apartments as well as the restaurant.

The club filed the new plans on September 8. The board said public notification will begin soon.

The Deutscher Turnverein Melbourne (German Gymnastics Club) was founded on May 1, 1860, making it one of the oldest clubs in the state. On May 1, 1921, it merged with Klub Tivoli as Club Tivoli-Deutscher Verein Melbourne.

Also in Prahan, Beulah filed plans for a new mixed-use development opposite the iconic Prahran Market in May.

Beulah is planning an eight-story tower with housing, office and retail for the site – six adjacent addresses between 182 and 194 Commercial Road at the corner of Izett Street – which it reclaimed at the end of last year for $11.4 million from Stonebridge Property Group.

James R. Rhodes