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MOONEE PONDS | Projects & construction

Alastair Taylor's picture

With news that Moonee Valley's redevelopment is inching forward, it's time for a dedicated Moonee Ponds thread.

And the westward march of Melbourne's centre continues.

HUN article on Moonee Valley redevelopment:

Summary: 10 year project. ~2000 apartments (4000 'residents'). Track reconfiguration (grandstand shifting to align with Wilson St (the northern side), all existing pony facilities where they stand will be redeveloped. After the Cox Plate in 2020, the major reconfig of the track will kick off and the Cox Plate won't return to the track until 2022.

Some further perspective, current (19/10/16) development pipeline in:

South Yarra: ~3600 dwellings.
Box Hill: ~3700 dwellings
Footscray: ~7000 dwellings
Moonee Ponds: ~2500 dwellings. That's current, before you factor in another ~2000 with Moonee Valley's redevelopment.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Hall St

MOPO almost complete

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Mark Baljak's picture

Mason Square

Only Flemington

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Dean's picture

Hey Mark, do you have any information on how tall the proposed apartment buildings will be east of the grounds illustrated in the photo above?

Bringing you the information on Sydney based developments.

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Mark Baljak's picture

The tower above is 22 or thereabouts

Monster 34-level tower mooted for Moonee Ponds

A proposed Moonee Ponds apartment tower rising 34 levels – a height which would have made it Melbourne's tallest suburban skyscraper three years ago – is set to be decided by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, after being rejected by the local council.

As part of its second and final stage affecting the former Readings Cinema and Moonee Ponds Market site, local developer Caydon has also applied to build an 18-level building. In total, the request seeks to add 691 flats and 102 serviced apartments to the 1.34-hectare block.

Earlier this year and following a VCAT hearing, Caydon won approval to develop the first stage of a $700 million redevelopment, which included four towers (the highest at 23 levels) containing 612 dwellings.

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Mark Baljak's picture

December update


Hall St

14 level, 33 Hall St has a builder

Only Flemington

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Qantas743's picture

So disappointing...

Moonee Ponds high-rise plans under spotlight in government crackdown on height controls

A STATE Government move to better control suburban building heights could see a planned 34-storey tower in Moonee Ponds scaled back.

The Moonee Ponds activity centre zone will be used as a pilot exploring mandatory building heights.

It’s part of a wider review on planning rules for suburban activity centres and will consider Caydon Property Group’s plans for almost 700 apartments — up to 34-­storeys high — at the former Moonee Ponds Market.

The zone’s current preferred maximum building height is 16 storeys.

Planning Minister Richard Wynne said discretionary heights hadn’t worked, with people “tired of seeing proposals which reach far beyond controls”.

Save Moonee Ponds president Jenny Nola said it was a sensible move that would save the council and community “ridiculous” trips to VCAT.

The pilot will also look at floor ratios and building setbacks, and will trial a concept that would see ­councils leverage benefits from development as a ­­trade-off for proposals that exceed height limits.

Moonee Valley mayor ­Andrea Surace welcomed the move and said too often applications refused by the council for exceeding height limits were approved on appeal by VCAT.

She said it also made sense that developers contributed in other ways where proposed heights topped limits.

Caydon chief operating ­officer Jarrod Stratton said they were disappointed their application — which forms part two of the Hall St project — was called in by the minister, but would keep working with the council and the department to ensure the outcome complemented stage one.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

Can somebody tell me why the development of this tower would have such a terrible impact upon Moonee Ponds that the minister is considering introducing mandatory height controls across all activity centres in Melbourne???

This development received 6 objections out of a populaton of 119,583 people that live in Moonee Valley.

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Qantas743's picture

Simple. The local MP complained to Wynne (as was reported in the print edition of the Hun) and they acted in the interests of political expediency.

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