“The 1644 sq m site currently has a 1980s, two-storey commercial building but previously housed the Solway Theatre (1911), Regent Theatre (1929) and was converted into a television studio for HSV7 in the 1960s.” (The Urban Developer, 5 Nov 2021). The current buildings on the site were built in 1985.
“SMA Projects is planning a residential development with 65 apartments on the former site of a former theatre and television studio in Fitzroy. The plan for the nine-storey building with three basement levels was lodged with the City of Yarra at 84-104 Johnston Street, Fitzroy with an estimated development cost of $23.2 million.” (The Urban Developer, 5 Nov 2021). The site will be known as the Regent Apartments and is designed by Hayball architects. The bottom will be retail and there will be parking, bike space and a rooftop communal area. On the south side of the road this huge building may get through council as the Morris & Cato factory is behind it, so the shadow it will throw will be largely negated. But we’ll see, the article cites that an 11-storey building was refused by VCAT last year due to density and height concerns.