CFS, Gandel Propose $500 Million Hotel and Office Redevelopment at Chadstone Shopping Centre

THE biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere is about to undergo its highest profile redevelopment, some 51 years after it opened (pictured, right).

The owners of the complex now known as Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, are negotiating with the Stonnington City Council to build two glass skyscrapers, each of about 12 levels, at the easternmost edge of the complex near Dandenong Road.

If approved, one tower will accommodate a hotel, and the other, an office.

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Australand Consortium to Build Apartment Compound Opposite Melbourne Uni

GIVEN the increasing number of apartment dwellers calling Melbourne’s inner north home, a “direct” trip between the Tullamarine and Eastern freeways – via the zoo and cemetery – can now consume motorist’s an hour, or more, largely because of amplified traffic congestion.

But it would appear in government planning meetings, bottlenecks like that around Elliott Avenue, Macarthur Road and the University of Melbourne have received less consideration than other crisis-ridden road systems – like the ones in suburbs between Seaford and Mt Martha where the $759 million (and many say unnecessary) Peninsula Link was recently given the green light.

Instead, the state government has appointed builder Australand to develop a major apartment compound at one of the inner-city’s last remaining vacant development sites, opposite the Melbourne General Cemetery, the University of Melbourne – and the busy roundabout that connects these two sites to Swanston Street.

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GAP Opens First Australian Store at Chadstone, Melbourne

HIGH end retailer Gap opened its first Australian store at Chadstone, in Melbourne, last month.

The 1200 square metre shop at the massive Chadstone The Fashion Capital shopping centre, is the latest in Gap’s 3100 store network.

Gap plans to open 10 to 15 stores across Australia in the next three to four years. Its next store will be at Westfield’s Sydney City complex later this year.

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Ashwood Reception Centre Relisted For Sale as Development Site

A SYNDICATE of private families that operated the popular Ashwood Reception Centre in Melbourne’s south-east, have shut the facility and are selling the complex as a residential development site.

Medium and large scale residential builders are expected to show an interest in the 4262 square metre site, which has street frontage to busy High Street Road, and the quieter Harold Street.

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Madden Approves $140 Million in Public Housing Projects in Ashwood, Chadstone

ALP Wants 80000 More by 2012VICTORIAN 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.

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