Doncaster Public Housing Block Reaches Full Height

MELBOURNE’s next public housing tower – a 10-level, 98-unit complex opposite Doncaster Shoppingtown – has reached its full height.

A “topping” ceremony will be held this Thursday to celebrate the suburb’s new landmark – with Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness (and Sport  and Indigenous Employment and Economic Development) Mark Arbib likely to attend. State government representatives, and the developer, Bendigo-based not-for-profit group Loddon Mallee Housing Services will also be there.

The 95 – 99 Tram Road affordable housing complex is being funded using money from the Commonwealth Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus which aims to deliver 4500 new rental homes for low income earning Victorians.

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Hong Kong Listed Developer Far East Consortium to Sell Controversial Melbourne Development Site

HONG Kong based developer Far East Consortium is selling a controversial development site, so that it can concentrate on another one.

Far East, which has been listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 1972, can expect about $6.25 million for the former AMF Bowling Centre at the north-east corner of Victoria Road and Separation Street in Northcote.

It paid Macquarie $5 million for the 4716 square metre site in early 2009, before pushing ahead with a major residential proposal.

Macquarie acquired the asset in 2004 when it paid AMF Bowling Centres $67.4 million for its Australian portfolio.

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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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Controversial Planning Policy Claims Eastern Suburbs Most Prized Development Site

Geoffrey RushTHE CONTENTIOUS planning policy that eastern suburb-based actor Geoffrey Rush warned in 2004 “would fundamentally alter the tone and character of Melbourne in a way that I don’t believe people are quite aware of” has finally claimed the eastern suburb’s most prized development site.

The Camberwell Station redevelopment – one of the earliest and highest profile planning disputes to arise after the 2002 Melbourne 2030 blueprint (since turned into the Melbourne @ 5 Million planning policy) – should see construction start this year.

Boutique builder Arno (a brand of the developer reported previously as Tenterfield) is accepting registrations of interest for apartments in a major new development, The Place.

 

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