With the project now out to tender, the following information was sent to the James Tonkin, Director – Comms and Stakeholder Relations at Metro Rail.
We plan to formally respond as part of the public comment process when that time comes.
Seems that things are now full steam ahead. On behalf of Botanica I’d just like to again highlight our major issues.
- Driveway access from each of our two independent driveways is critical. The St Kilda rd. driveway is the more critical as it:
- Provides access to around 50 cars
- It is also the only disabled access to the building
- It is the only access for significant deliveries. Lack of access would prevent people moving in and out, furniture deliveries and the like.
- At the meeting you suggested that some form of car lift may be possible. Please be aware that my understand is that anything that requires a building permit will trigger a council requirement for Botanica to meet current disability access requirements. This is likely to be expensive and undesirable.
- You have reassured us several times that the emergency exit will not be outside Botanica. We have a preference for it to be near the corner of Bromby St and St Kilda Rd, a practical location for an emergency exit. Bowen Cres is a poor second choice.
- The trees form a fundamental part of our St Kilda Rd vista. A comprehensive plan is essential to give us confidence that the leaf coverage will be substantial at the conclusion of the project. We expect much better than young developing trees.
- We were pleased that you assured us that we will not have any adverse noise or vibrations when the Project goes live.
- We were pleased that you accept that it will be necessary for the Project to fund some maintenance works on the building during the construction period. This is likely to be issues like regular wash downs of the façade.
Residents have seen painters around the building and asked a few questions, let me try and answer.
A few months back we replaced all of the hall and lobby lights with LED lights (which are much cheaper to run). The old lights had caused some heat flaring on the walls and so we need to repaint the hallways. They have not been done for about 10 years and it is in our fully funded long term plan. No levy will be required to carry out this work. (This is feeling like a budget speech now!)
Before we paint the hallways / lobby, the Committee thought it was a good time to consider the building interior as a whole. This includes individual doors, lift surrounds and lobby furniture. We have not made any decision on the how much will be done during 2016 but we felt it was important to have the big picture before we start.
One of our owners is a retired interior designer and offered her services at no charge.
We have asked her to come up with two fully costed options that the Committee can consider.
We are also planning to get a second opinion.
No decisions have been made as yet and the level of change will dictate the degree of consultation. If we decide to repaint the hallways the same colour, then I would not envisage taking that to an AGM. If the changes were dramatic then I feel taking it to a much wider audience like the AGM would be sensible.
MM MINUTES 20160405 Botanica
MM PRESENTATION Update to Botanica Apartments 20160405
Please find attached notes from our recent meeting. Some of the main things to note:
- The marked emergency station exit is now planned for Bowen Cres and not out the front of our building.
- Our St Kilda Rd car park exit is a major issue for them. They understand the criticality of it to us and are trying to find a workable solution. The are even entertaining spending significant dollars building some form of permanent car lift to allow all vehicles out via Bowen Cres (I don’t think it is feasible but shows how serious they are treating the issue)
- They are prepared to fund regular washing of the building during construction.
- They understand the importance of our street trees.
- The period for the ‘open cut’ has been reduced to 24-30 months.