The Age: State government leases Evo flats without mentioning east-west link. January 27, 2014. Henrietta Cook. State Political Reporter at The Age
The Parkville apartment block. Photo: Supplied
The Napthine government has begun leasing out a luxury apartment complex that will be ringed by east-west link flyovers, spruiking the properties as the “ultimate lifestyle experience” with views of native wetlands and “majestic waters”.
In September, the state government paid $90 million for 175 apartments in the Evo complex in Parkville from off-the-plan investors.
State government plans for the east-west link show that the seven-storey building will be surrounded by two tollway flyovers, which will meet CityLink, with apartments overlooking a steady stream of passing traffic.
In an unusual move, and in what Treasurer Michael O’Brien described as “unique circumstances”, the state government offered to buy out the purchasers’ contracts before settlement.
The apartments are being advertised online with Noble Knight real estate agents – but there is no mention of the east-west link or the project’s six-year construction phase.
One two-bedroom property in the complex, which the state government wants to lease for $570 a week, is being marketed as the “ultimate lifestyle experience” with immediate CityLink access.
The sixth-floor apartment has luxury amenities, including a 20-metre private lap pool and appeals to renters who like “living on top of the world”.
“Sliding glass doors open on to the highly set balcony, overlooking the pool and native wetlands. Luxury amenities include access to the twenty metre private lap pool with spa, communal spaces, and lush landscaped gardens,” the advertisement states.
Another Evo apartment being leased by the state government for $505 a week, has “distant water views” and “majestic waters alfresco dining”.
“Sliding glass doors open on to a versatile and simply magic windowed balcony; overlooking distant water views.”
Linking Melbourne Authority spokeswoman Gemma Boucher said 175 apartments in the Evo complex were now available for lease from the state government.
She said rental income collected by the state government would be used to “offset project and operating costs”.
Ms Boucher said the cost of buying the properties was $90 million, and this was factored into the overall project budget. Each apartment has a 12 month lease period.