VICTORIAN Planning Minister Justin Madden has paved the way for one of the state’s biggest public housing-based estates to be developed in Melbourne’s south-east.
The $140 million Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project affects six major development sites in Ashwood and Chadstone, near the Chadstone Shopping Centre.
With ministerial approval given on Thursday, the public housing project is expected to start construction in July.
Commission flat towers will rise between four and seven levels at sites around Warrigal Road, the Holmesglen and Jordanville train stations, and around the Ashwood Reserve and Harlequin Rugby Club.
The project is the latest in a string of public housing developments set to start construction in coming months, and is part of a push by the Federal and State Labor Governments to build 80,000 new affordable and social dwellings, nationally, by 2012.
The Ashwood Chadstone Gateway project will contribute 211 public housing units for the government, and will be managed by the Port Phillip Housing Association.
An additional 70 traditional “own your own” units will be available for private investors to buy.
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