Several weeks I was absentmindedly looking out a window of the highrise. 'What is that?' I asked R. Next to Pran Central, I prefer its old name Moore's, something large and red had appeared. We worked out it was probably the new monstrosity being built in Commercial Road.
God, if ever the wrong building went into the wrong location, it is this one. It turns a street with a nice open feel into a canyon. The street is dominating by Pran Central, a beautiful old building, surround by and leading along the street by mostly two storey Victorian buidlings, with a few aberations along the way. Not quite opposite the historic Prahran Market sits this building under construction that absolutely dominates the street and a very unattractive manner. Should I blame City of Stonnington or the widely despised VCAT?
The red that we noticed was a plastic or fabric wrapping around it. On the outside of the wrapping was scaffolding. Yesterday the scaffolding fell down, taking a few workers down with it. It seems none were injured badly. The scaffolding brought down power lines, tramway overhead wires, landed on several cars and generally caused mayhem.
A cctv camera caught the fall and a cyclist had a narrow escape having ridden past only a couple of seconds before. The incident caused Commercial Road to be closed for over twenty four hours, meaning traffic and tram and bus chaos, in others streets too where traffic was forced to by the closure. No doubt businesses lost revenue too.
I will suggest that this is the first of a lot of bad luck for the very inappropriate building at 160-162 Commercial Road, Prahran.
Pic courtesy Herald Sun.