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Federal Government to Offload CSIRO Highett Site Soon

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Written by Marc Pallisco   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 07:00

ENDING years of speculation, the federal government is readying to sell one of the south-eastern suburb’s most anticipated development sites.

Under the guidelines of the Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy, the 9.5 hectare CSIRO Land and Research Highett Laboratory is expected to be offered for sale this financial year.

Bayside City Council held a meeting with the federal government late last month to pitch its thoughts for the site which runs between Highett and Bay roads, near the Highett train stations, about 16 kilometres from the CBD and near the more exclusive suburbs of Hampton and Sandringham.

Mayor Alex del Porto said it is council’s view that three to four hectares of the outgoing CSIRO site can be protected or restored to provide recreation space for residents. The remainder of the site is expected to make way for medium density housing. The land falls within the area council has designated as the Highett Neighbourhood Centre, and is near a mooted Southland train station.

In March, the state government’s development arm VicUrban paid $7 million for a 15,000 square metre site at 329 Bay Road abutting the CSIRO’s Highett laboratory. A residential redevelopment is planned for this site.