Vivas Lend Lease Proposes Major Redevelopment of Outgoing Channel Nine Studio, Richmond

CHANNEL Nine’s outgoing Bendigo Street, Richmond studios will be replaced with a 550 unit apartment based village, with towers rising eight levels, according to new plans lodged at council.

Historic buildings within the complex will be retained, but the balance of the 3 hectare site will make way for medium and high density dwellings.

Vivas Lend Lease paid Channel Nine a reported $50 million for the site last year.

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Victorian State Government Reaps $16 Million From Education Sites

AS TEACHERS and the cashed-up education unions bully for more pay, the cash-strapped Baillieu government has been forced to sell two prime assets including the landmark former Kangan TAFE in Gwynne Street Richmond, expected to one day make way for a  $200-million plus mixed use village.

In a busy week for school sales and listings, the state has reaped $9.25 million for the 7637 square metre inner-east site which will cease operating as a Kangan next March.

The Business 1 zoned property (aerial pic, right) is heralded as the largest commercial development site to sell in Melbourne this year measured by value – but it’s estimated the property could have been worth more than $20 million should it have sold with a more flexible zoning allowing for residential redevelopment.

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Address and Secrets of Channel Nine’s The Block Revealed in Council Documents

BEHIND the scenes, Channel Nine has been busy lodging applications to effectively rebuild the quartet of neighbouring terraces that are the subject of heavily marketed TV show The Block, which airs from June 20.

Nine agreed to buy the four rundown single-storey homes at 37-43 Cameron Street for $3.6 million soon after they hit the market last year. Settlement occurred in February, at about the same time new planning applications were lodged (and subsequently approved) by the City of Yarra council.

Eleven months ago, the terraces were offered for sale with an adjoining 446 square metre parcel of land (addressed 31 – 35 Cameron Street) which Nine is currently using to store materials and machinery.

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Salta Looks to Build on More Land Around Victoria Gardens, Richmond

LOCAL developer Salta is pushing ahead with plans to build apartments on undeveloped pieces of land immediately surrounding the Victoria Gardens shopping centre, on the Richmond riverfront.

It’s applied to the Yarra City Council to build 405 flats within new complexes between 25 – 35 River Boulevard and at 15 Christine Crescent. The proposed developments would add 480 permanent car spaces and 30 visitor spots to the area, which is not serviced by a train.

Salta acquired the former Melbourne Fire Brigade land where Victoria Gardens was built in stages. With its last major purchase in 2004, it seized control of every corner at the busy intersection of Burnley, Walmer and Victoria streets.

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VCAT to Decide Fate of Dimmeys Richmond Store Soon

THE Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal needs more time to decide whether to allow the construction of a 10-level apartment tower atop Richmond’s iconic Dimmeys shopping centre.

After meeting this month VCAT is scheduling another date to debate the 82-unit proposal, which is slightly lower density than a Heritage Victoria endorsed 11-level proposal – rejected by the City of Yarra council in February.

Both HV and council voiced concerns about a previous proposal lodged in early-2010 which would have seen the south-west corner of the 140 – 160 Swan Street site replaced with two apartment towers, the tallest rising 11 levels.

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One in Seven Dwellings Within City of Yarra Now Public Housing

FOURTEEN per cent, or one in seven dwellings within the City of Yarra council zone is now allocated as public housing.

According to council, there are 5039 public homes out of 35,960 dwellings within the council area – which encapsulates inner-city suburbs of Abbotsford, Carlton North, Collingwood and Clifton Hill.

This compares to mid-2006, when 4923 dwellings (or 13 per cent of homes) were allocated as public housing.

The number of social dwellings is set to surge within the council area – and throughout metropolitan Melbourne and Victoria – according to agents, architects, builders and planners who agree a commission flat building-boom is starting.

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Rove McManus Lists Richmond Home For Sale

Entertainer Rove McManus is taking advantage of the mismatch between Australian and United States property prices, listing his grand $3.5 million Richmond home for sale – after recently spending $1.2 million on a Los Angeles one.

Howlands, on Docker Street sits on a 383 square metre block and includes four bedrooms, a study, pool and cellar

Neighbours tell Secret Agent the home has quietly been marketed for private sale since earlier this year. However Howlands will now be auctioned via Jellis Craig Richmond.

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Rove McManus Richmond Mansion Sells For $3.4 Million

ENTERTAINER Rove McManus has sold his Richmond home for $3.4 million – returning a nifty profit on the $1.9 million he paid in 2003.

McManus, who recently moved to the US and paid $1.2 million for a house in Hollywood, listed the 144-year old Docker Street home for sale earlier this year.

It was advertised to sell for about $3.5 million, and was deemed “on the market” when bidding hit $3.31 million.

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