Moonee Ponds on the up and up!

Already underpinned by a handful of current apartment developments, Moonee Ponds looks set to receive as many as 400 new apartments over two separate residential buildings.

The suburb's two main property developers are behind the respective developments. The Moloney Group continues to add to their pipeline of projects in and around the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre with 687 Mount Alexander Road, while Cremorne-based Caydon by virtue of their purchase of the expansive 13,390sqm Readings site weigh in with that site's first offering, 36 Margaret Street.

Amnon Weber's design for 687 Mount Alexander Road

Revised plans have been submitted for 687 Mount Alexander Road in response to requests made by Moonee Valley City Council. In its current form 687 Mount Alexander Road would see 220 apartments created within a 14 level residential tower. Originally prepared during December 2014, the rejigged design also sees the creation of six new retail spaces at ground level with a total of 548sqm available.

Within the Amnon Weber-designed tower are 94 x 1 bedroom apartments, 122 x two bedroom apartments and 4 x three bedroom apartments designated as penthouses. 167 car parking spaces and 134 bicycle bays are catered for within two basement levels.

Post the completion of One9 Apartments, The Moloney Group have four separate development plots in their Moonee Ponds portfolio. 687 Mount Alexander Road joins fellow 14-level proposal 33 Hall Street as projects which have gone to council on behalf of the developer.

Preliminary marketing image for 36 Margaret Street

Elsewhere and Fender Katsalidis Architects have landed in Moonee Ponds with a scheme for 176 dwellings within 36 Margaret Street. Conceived for Caydon, the project consists of 79 x single bedroom apartments, 34 singles with an additional flexi room and 63 x two bedroom options.

Oculus have devised a green and timber rooftop deck with entertainment pods, inground spa, hanging chairs and an expansive dining area included. 36 Margaret Street represents the first phase of Caydon's Moonee Ponds precinct, with a further three stages of development to follow. It's unknown whether Caydon will go with 40 Hall Street which went to council under previous site owner Leighton Properties; 40 Hall Street shapes as forming part of Stage 2 of the site's development.

As part of future development of the Readings plot, a new pedestrian thoroughfare with bisect the site, linking Homer Street and Hall Street. Adjacent to the thoroughfare will be a half acre Oculus-designed garden and leisure area for use by residents.

The private garden and public passage envisaged for the Readings site

Moonee Ponds has progressed inline with many Melbourne suburbs of late in that it has seen an increased amount of apartment development activity.

Set to join The Montgomery and 20 Park Street under construction is MO.PO. with the 11 level, 126-apartment development to be taken on by Buildcorp Commercial. Close-by and Giancorp have approval for a mixed-use building at 6-14 Young Street while Iliad on Homer adds to the projects which are currently at sales in the area.

Rounding out the notable apartment developments within Moonee Ponds are 21-23 Moore Street and CDG's 3-9 Shuter Street which between them have the ability to add another 100 plus apartments to the locale.


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.