Tech giant’s flagship store would commercialise public square, campaigners say
'Opponents of a plan to build an Apple store in Melbourne’s Federation Square have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise $40m to buy the Yarra Building to protect it from demolition.
The fundraising stunt – which comes with a promise from organisers that they will never call in the pledges made by supporters – comes as Heritage Victoria is preparing to consider a development application by the Federation Square authority.
The Victorian government announced its approval of the plan to build a flagship Apple store in Federation Square in December 2017.
The plan, which requires the demolition of the Yarra Building, was met with considerable community opposition, including opposition from Melbourne City Council.
Heritage Victoria has received more than 2,000 submissions, mostly opposing the proposal, since the application for demolition and redevelopment was opened for public comment two weeks ago.
Submissions close on Wednesday, the day before Heritage Council Victoria, the independent body which determines whether buildings will be listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, is due to hold a directions hearing on whether to list Federation Square. The full hearing is scheduled for April.'
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