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Moonee Ponds

Three projects at planning which could redefine their suburbs

Three towers at planning, three suburbs and the prospect of three new tallest buildings within their respective postcode. Across Moonee Ponds, Clifton Hill and Highett, these three residential towers are working their way through the approvals process, with some having a seemingly smoother ride than others. Of the trio, Caydon Property Group's 40 Hall Street Stage 2 within Moonee Ponds is the largest. At 34 levels it is also one of greater...

Moonee Valley flush with development activity

City of Moonee Valley's two main drivers, Essendon and Moonee Ponds, continue to bubble along in terms of apartment development. Growland's 343-349 Ascot Vale Road has been joined at planning by CBD Development Group's 1144 Mt Alexander Road. These recently submitted applications are set to add hundreds of new apartments to Moonee Ponds and Essendon respectively, with the latter to also house a full size Coles supermarket and commercial space...

20 years after Southbank Towers, the suburbs are punching through the 20 level barrier

Sitting in Moonee Valley City Council's offices last week and looking over the plans for Hall and Margaret streets , it struck me that we are starting to see the same level of developer confidence in Melbourne's suburbs that used to be contained to Southbank back in the 1990s. Southbank Towers which stands 28 levels high, completed in 1997 and built by ubiquitous Southbank developer Central Equity, was a new milestone for the developer back in...

Moonee Ponds in the market for some high-rise activity

Subsequent to an earlier article which highlighted the first phase of the massive and long overdue redevelopment of the former Readings site in Moonee Ponds, further plans are now available which detail the second and more substantial portion, of what will constitute stage one of the overall development. While 34-36 Margaret Street is well advanced with preliminary marketing material circulating throughout the industry, the wraps can be taken...

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...

Is it time to reconfigure the Moonee Ponds transport interchange?

Moonee Ponds is an activity centre that for the most part flies under the radar, in terms of redevelopment currently happening and what can happen in future. The biggest landholder in the region is the Moonee Valley Racing Club and yesterday The Age reported on how the Planning Minister Richard Wynne has gazetted an updated development plan for the home of the Cox Plate. In terms of access Moonee Ponds has quite the repertoire of public...

Leighton seeks to offload their Moonee Ponds super site

Leighton Properties Managing Director Mr Mark Gray described the purchase of Moonee Ponds' Readings site as "Consistent with Leighton Properties strategy to focus on inner ring urban renewal sites which are in prime locations, close to transport links, retail and places of work." Sixteen months later and the boom site covering more than 13,300sqm is for sale with JLL and CBRE jointly offering what was formerly home to the Moonee Ponds Market...

Melbourne development numbers: Moonee Valley, Moreland & Darebin

Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Brunswick, Coburg, Northcote and Preston: suburbs synonymous with Melbourne's inner North and increasingly at the forefront of Melbourne's accelerating density. Following on from last week's overarching article , we'll gradually be taking a closer look at Melbourne's development numbers - region by region - and today's focus is on the three local government areas that reside to the immediate north of City of Melbourne/...

Leighton initiate the Readings Moonee Ponds transformation

With a total site area of 13,390sqm in their keeping, Leighton Properties have chosen to divide the prized Readings Moonee Ponds site into separate development parcels, the first of which has recently been lodged with City of Moonee Valley. Highlighted by Urban Melbourne during May 2013, the then sales campaign included an indicative development scheme of 30 levels . Subsequently parent company Leighton Holdings was revealed as the buyer and...

Central 35 > 33-35 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds

Running parallel to Moonee Ponds' primary hub Puckle Street, Hall Street is in the process of transforming from a secondary retail strip into an apartment stronghold. Most notable is Leighton Properties pending redevelopment of the long derelict Readings site, yet Moonee Ponds-based developer The Moloney Group is quietly going about realising a string of apartment towers on and abutting Hall Street. Referred to as Central 35 within planning...

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Development & Planning

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 07:00
After years of inactivity and stalled projects, Pentridge's rebirth is gathering momentum, headlined by a proposed all-silver tower put forward by Shayher Group and Cox Architecture. After Shayher Group's announcement last year that TFE Hotels was secured as operator of an onsite Adina Apartment Hotel complex , the intended redevelopment has since been lodged with planning authorities, with the expected outcome a new 18 storey tower.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).