Lorenz Grollo在购买Inflation Nightclub後成为King Street的王者
Rialto Tower的共同拥有者Lorenz Grollo在购买深夜场所Inflation Nightclub後，已经完全控制了声名狼藉的King Street夜店，这地方毗邻墨尔本最着名的办公大楼。
格罗洛集团(Grollo Group)及里亚托(Rialto) 的合资夥伴－科威特政府支持的圣马丁地产，在场外收购了脱衣舞夜店拥有者Peter Iwaniuk在King Street 54-60号的两层夜店。
通过这次交易，合资夥伴现时拥有从柯林斯街(Collins Street) 到弗林德斯巷(Flinders Lane)的所有King Street 物业，这是一个1500平方米的口袋，与6800平方米的里亚托区相邻，其中包括最近柯林斯街开发完成的零售和办公室，这是251米高摩天大楼重建的一部分。
格罗洛先生告诉澳洲金融评论，他任命了建筑师伍兹贝格(Woods Bagot)提出King Street的总体规划。
格罗洛先生说，Inflation Nightclub的拥有者玛莎察马斯（Martha Tsamis）拥有该物业的租约，但「我们正在与他们合作，并让他们搬出去。」
他拒绝透露Rialto Tower合作夥伴为该物业支付费用。由於其占地面积稍大，且没有遗产限制，它很可能在2016年以超过1325万澳元收购邻近King Street 46号的前Showgirls Bar 20。
除了这两个物业外，Rialto Tower的合作夥伴在纽约King Street 62-66号长期持有York Butter Factory大厦。他们於2006年以290万澳元的价格购买了King Street 42-44号的Rare Steakhouse。
自1979年以来一直在King Street 经营的这间夜店，是多年来无数次毒品袭击丶近期枪击事件以及不幸事件的所在地。
其中包括Mirvac在柯林斯街477号8.28亿澳元的Olderfleet办公室项目和Cbus Properties 10亿澳元以上的柯林斯拱门(Collins Arch)综合开发项目，覆盖柯林斯街447号的整个街区。
位於Collins Street 555号的里亚托公路对面，新加坡Fragrance Group公司将拆除一栋丑陋的70年代所建造的办公室大楼，去重建一栋302米高的住宅大厦 。
Rialto Tower的新零售和办公室区包括了墨尔本首间Mercedes Me café丶墨尔本银行和服装零售商 MJ Bale以及6000平方米的办公空间。
意大利高端厨房销售商Officine Gullo将於6月在Collins Street前的商店 开设其公司在 Rialto Tower的第一间澳洲商店，而雷格斯旗下的灵活工作供应商Spaces将於今年尾开设新的共同工作中心。
Grollo Group and its Rialto joint-venture partner, the Kuwaiti government-backed St Martins Properties, acquired the two-storey nightclub at 54-60 King Street from strip club owner Peter Iwaniuk in an off-market deal.
With this deal, the JV partners now own all the King Street properties running from Collins Street to Flinders Lane, a 1500sq m pocket that neighbours the 6800sq m Rialto precinct and which includes the recently completed Collins Street retail and office development, part of a major regeneration of the 251-metre high skyscraper.
Mr Grollo told The Australian Financial Review he had appointed architects Woods Bagot to come up with a master plan for the “King Street Precinct”.
“We’re looking at activating the whole precinct with restaurants, possibly a jazz bar and a hotel on top,” he said.
Mr Grollo said the owner of Inflation Nightclub, Martha Tsamis, had a lease over the property, but “we are working with them to get them to move out”.
He declined to reveal what the Rialto Tower partners paid for the property. It’s likely to be in excess of the $13.25 million they paid for the neighbouring former Showgirls Bar 20 at 46 King Street acquired in 2016, given its on a slightly bigger footprint and has no heritage restrictions.
Alongside these two properties, the Rialto Tower partners have long held the York Butter Factory building at 62-66 King Street. They bought the premises of Rare Steakhouse at 42-44 King Street for $2.9 million in 2006.
The nightclub, which has operated from the King Street premises since 1979, was the scene of a recent shooting and numerous drug raids and unsavoury incidents over the years.
Mr Grollo has described cleaning up King Street as a “key imperative” as the commercial heart of Melbourne moves west down Collins Street towards Docklands, riding a wave of landmark office, hotel and residential developments.
These include Mirvac’s $828 million Olderfleet office project at 477 Collins Street and Cbus Properties’ $1 billion-plus Collins Arch mixed-use development covering a whole city block at 447 Collins Street.
Across the road from the Rialto at 555 Collins Street, Singapore’s Fragrance Group will demolish an ugly 1970s-built office building to make way for a 302-metre residential tower.
Rialto Tower’s new retail and office precinct includes the countrys’ first Mercedes Me cafe, the Bank of Melbourne and outfitter MJ Bale as well as 6000sq m of office space.
High-end Italian kitchen seller Officine Gullo will open its first Australian store at Rialto Tower in a Collins Street-fronting store in June while Regus-owned flexible working provider Spaces will open a new co-working hub later in the year.