We first posted this very late in 2013. The West End Plan having been adopted, new development proposals started to appear. This tower had been on the radar for a while, with the rezoning submitted, and the Urban Design Panel giving it the the thumbs up (having seen the model below).
It’s for a site behind St Paul’s hospital and close to Mole Hill that previously had a 1977 church building.
The new project, which is a joint Bosa Properties and Central Presbyterian Church proposal, will see a replacement church building with 45 non-market rental housing units and 168 market rental units in a 22 storey building. There’s a tree on the roof, so you could be reasonably certain that the design is by Henriquez Partners Architects; (and you’d be correct).
Initially the lower floors were shown clad in a rather 1950s green coloured panel. The church now have an image on their website that suggests a much more colourful podium than the monotone that was initially seen at the Urban Design Panel and is still shown on the architect’s website. We should get confirmation that this is the actual design in 2018.
The tower should be built on schedule: the hole is already looking complete, and the building should start coming up to grade soon.