We were recently contacted by a town planner who was in the middle of preparing a feasibility assessment for a proposed mixed-use development in Ivanhoe.
The client wanted to purchase the next door property to their shop to build 9 x 2-bed apartments and to retain the two shops in the ground floor.
Client had almost given up on the idea. Why? The property is 16m x 38m, they thought it’s too small to fit this many apartments and a car park.
Luckily, they rang us. Guess what they never thought of? A basement car park!
Yes, it seems very complex. But imagine the ‘Cost vs Benefit’ of converting a block of land into 9 2-bed apartments plus two shops? That too, in Ivanhoe!
We were able to do a functional layout of a basement car park with 13 generous car parking spaces, and had 4 spare spaces for visitors, with a staircase, a lift and lockers!
2 days ago, owners had a block of land 16 x 38 with two old shops. Fast forward two days, they are now building 9 apartments in Ivanhoe!
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