Out With The Old at Phillip Island

THE owners of a 26-hectare Phillip Island farm, until three years ago owned by AMP Capital Investors and earmarked to become a retirement village, have applied to Bass Coast Shire Council to remove the entire aged-care component of the proposal.

The owner of the site paid AMP a reported $8 million for the Ventnor Road block and a permit for a 184-lot residential subdivision.

A major aged-care complex and community facilities were required to be developed as part of that permit. However, the council will now decide on whether to issue a new permit resulting in the entire farm, about three kilometres south-west of the centre of Cowes, being subdivided into 304 standard residential lots.

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Phillip Island’s Isle of Wight Pub Site Listed For Sale

SIXTEEN months after it was destroyed by fire – which was a month after it was permitted for demolition – the waterfront site where Phillip Island’s popular Isle of Wight hotel once stood is for sale.

The prominent and elevated property – which stares down the Cowes Jetty – measures 9197 square metres and runs behind many shops on the western side of Thompson Avenue, which is the sleepy hamlet’s main retail strip.

The Bass Coast council controversially approved the historic pub (pictured, above) be demolished in April 2010, despite it being recognised as one of South Gippsland’s most significant landmarks. The site is for sale with a permit for a nine-level resort and retail development with hotel rooms and apartments.

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AMP Sells Out of $40 Million Retirement Village, Phillip Island

IT IS out with the old and in with the new at an increasing number of council planning meetings – with another site once earmarked to become a retirement village winding up in the hands of residential developers, which have had reconfigured projects approved.

This time, near the Phillip Island retail township of Cowes, AMP Capital Investors has sold out of a $40 million aged-care based village it earmarked for 26 hectares of former farmland on Ventnor Road.

The new owner, a residential developer is now proposing a standard “house-and-land package” based redevelopment, Whyte Sands. Greg Price of selling agency Alex Scott says the reinvented project will yield about 300 lots and be developed over four years.

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Another Caravan Park Bites the Dust

WOOLWORTHS – which is a retailer as well as a developer nowadays – says it is “ready and raring to go” with plans to build a new shopping centre at Phillip Island, if Planning Panels Victoria, approves a proposed project, a decision which is expected to be announced shortly.

The new complex will be developed on the site of the Boomerang Caravan Park, in Cowes’s main retail strip, Thompson Avenue, and is about two blocks from the pier and beach – the supposed centre of activity, for the quiet hamlet renowned for its Penguin Parade.

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AMP Capital Investors to Sell Out of $40 Million Phillip Island Project

AMP Capital Investors is selling out of a $40 million mixed-use village, earmarked for former farmland near Phillip Island’s town centre of Cowes.
The Sydney-based fund manager can expect to make around $9 million from the 26 hectare Ventnor Road development site, which will be sold with a permit for a 90-bed aged care facility, 195 independent living units, a retail conference centre and a 128-lot subdivision.
An AMP spokeswoman said the property is held by a closed-end fund which has a set period of time in which to invest and then sell its properties.

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