Hotspot Video: Smith Street apartment boom in focus

Urban Melbourne couldn't possibly write a finer preamble to today's video/article than what is found on the exceptional Smith Street Life website which dedicates itself to all things Smith Street. Regarding the increasing number of apartment developments on and immediately surrounding the famed strip, the website states of the Street itself:

Smith Street's public face is under reconstruction, with at least three major development works in progress presenting a shift to Smith Street's cultural and community evolution.
Melbourne’s oldest shopping strip, Smith Street’s revival is likely to be enhanced with construction taking place at various stages, and faces, along Smith Street's historical façades.

With history and heritage dating back to the early 1800’s there is no doubt that Smith Street’s changing facades are providing a new pillar in Melbourne’s history. The changing identity of Smith Street, from a place of diversity, history and heritage, towards a more likely gentrified future is reflected in three different property developments each with their own different approach.

Smith Street Life: The changing faces of Smith Street

The newest addition to Grimshaw Architects Melbourne office and regular Urban Melbourne contributor Laurence Dragomir along with Neometro's founder Jeff Provan feature in Urban Melbourne's most recent video - produced by our partners The Video Agency - Hotspots: Smith Street

Hot Spot: Smith Street from The Video Agency on Vimeo.

See below a summary of the aforementioned 16 current apartment projects on and around Smith Street.

Under Assessment Registration and Sales
229 Smith Street 9 Smith Street (moved to sales post video)
Approved Oxford & Peel - 22 Peel Street
7 Hodgson Street Tapestry - 80 Stanley Street
195 Wellington Street Haus - 416 Smith Street
221 Kerr Street 41 Peel Street
237 Smith Street Little Ox - 2 Johnston Street
305-311 Smith Street Under Construction
Yorkshire - 1 Robert Street 132 Smith Street
  You & I - 450 Smith Street
  Oxley - 46 Stanley Street

With 9 Smith Street the most recent project to proceed to sales, it breaks the sequence of all projects currently at sales or under construction being located on the eastern side of Smith Street.

It would be an interesting social study to track over the coming months and years how the influx of new dwellings and residents will affect Smith Street's current dymanic. With an abundance of suitable development sites on and within close proximity to Smith Street, the trend of higher density living and increased population looks set to continue.

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Needs a bloopers reel.

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