Major Proposal Being Reviewed For West Melbourne


In total, the project will include 749 apartments and 235 square metres of retail space (the equivalent of two standard High Street style shops).

Apartments within the proposed development will capture views over the Melbourne Remand Centre toward Port Phillip Bay.

A Bennelong Group representative told Capital Gain that through a consultative process with government, it has created a high-quality but affordable proposal. It has been working on the village, which includes a 20-metre lap pool and a gym, for three years.

Once part of the West Melbourne rail yards, Bennelong acquired the sites from Multiplex in March 2006, as part of a $32 million portfolio.

Multiplex paid the Silman family $40 million about a year earlier for a much larger collection of adjoining sites. Batman Street is tree lined and terminates at Adderley Street which is also the Docklands border.

On Wednesday, the Melbourne City Council approved the Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan, aimed at populating the suburbs between North Melbourne (expected to rise in population from 5500 to 19,000) and Kensington (expected to rise from 3000 to 19,000).

Mr Guy, once dubbed in Parliament as the Liberal party’s answer to Bart Simpson, must approve all major proposed developments of more than 25,000 square metres.


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Marc Pallisco

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