We affectionately call the synagogue opposite us 'the gog'. I recall the kerfuffle when the visiting Israeli PM called in to pray? Choppers, barricades and cops everywhere. Doubt anyone would have known otherwise. You can see some of 'the gog' in my blog photo heading.
We make a joke about it being a Muslim terrorist target, and therefore could be a threat to us nearby. Our friends joke about slipping on some rubber band like things on the footpath outside the gog when they visit us. Once we were watching them arrive from the balcony and the looked up and saw us and did this very animated slipping exhibition.
Of course no doubt it will be a long fought battle at the evil VCAT, but I don't expect anything will be overturned.
I have always wondered how sustainable such a large building was for the Jewish peeps, and it would seem it is not and 'the gog' must go. Now the battle is for what replaces it. Of course the developer wants to breach the 'advised' height limit and I am sure he will, it is always a he.
I am surprised the building doesn't have some sort of heritage protection, but it would seem not. The wreckers are supposed to move in around June.
I kind of like 'the gog' across the road. Demolishing it is really going too far. Quite a few apartments could be fitted within its structure, but developers never seem to like this idea. I suspect they just don't make as much profit.
I guess once it is gone and something shiny goes up, I will adjust.