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Pace of Abbotsford gains approval and eyes a 2017 construction start

The long-running bid to redevelop Abbotsford's historic St Crispin House has found a resolution, with Pace Development Group granted the right to deliver 133 apartments over 12 levels. In conjunction with SJB Architects, Pace Development Group have refined the design for the development to a point where it was considered an acceptable outcome. Well before Pace assumed control of the site during 2015, St Crispin House was subject to development...

Collingwood still beats true for the apartment buyer

Buyers unsurprisingly are still showing a keen interest in Collingwood's apartment market, as demonstrated by Pace of Collingwood's strong sales. Pace Development Group's latest project notched the enviable figure of accounting for 50% of the building's apartments during its first week at sales. This in turn has prompted Pace to commence construction on the project immediately, with an eye toward completion during the last quarter of 2017. At 75...

Vicinity and Pellicano provide Monash with a development boost

Two major projects within City of Monash will provide the municipality with a development boost over coming years. Construction will begin this month on The Glen's $490 million development, with Vicinity Centres and co-owners Perron Group officially launching the project yesterday. Marking 50 years of operation, 'The New Glen' will encompass 78,000 square metres of gross lettable area and will include a variety of new retail and entertainment...

181 Fitzroy Street rounds out 2016 as PACE shapes up for an active 2017

PACE Development Group has rounded out a successful 2016 by unveiling 181 Fitzroy Street. Residents will this week begin moving in to the freshly completed residential project which may just contain the best views of any apartment project in Melbourne. 181 Fitzroy Street spans 10 levels and includes 151 one, two and three bedroom apartments. Designed by SJB, the project has achieved an average energy rating of 7.2 and in an Australian first,...

Dexus doubles up with approval for a substantial commercial development

It's been an eventful few weeks for Sydney-based DEXUS Property Group in its Melbourne sphere of operations. Whilst a number of big ticket items have grabbed the headlines, the real estate group has managed to secure all but final approval for one of suburban Melbourne's largest commercial developments. City of Monash have green lighted DEXUS's plans to greatly expand their Axxess Corporate Park within Mount Waverley. Lodged with Council during...

Park House adds to the Victoria Gardens precinct

After more than a decade of development activity within the Victoria Gardens precinct, Salta Properties is poised to launch their latest residential project within the precinct that will account for the bulk of the former MFB training college site. Park House will add a further 539 apartments into the priority development zone which Salta has all but made its own. Fronting Victoria Street, Walmer Street and the Yarra River, Park House is also...
A render of a proposed residential apartment building in the suburb of Box Hill

H & F Property enter Box Hill with 12-14 Nelson Road

Emerging local developer H & F Property is seeking a slice of Box Hill's booming apartment market with a current planning application for a substantial residential building. Submission of the planning application follows H & F Property's earlier pursuit of rezoning for the relevant site which was initially tagged as Commercial 2. Now consistent with the Box Hill Activity Centre Transit City Structure Plan, H & F Property are chasing...

Pace Development Group ups the ante on Johnston Street

Freshly lodged with City of Yarra, Abbotsford's 247-249 Johnston Street is back in the spotlight with Pace Development Group endeavouring to gain approval for a 14 level residential building. Although shorter than a failed proposal by the previous developer Abbotsford JV Pty Ltd to gain approval for a residential building onsite, the current 247-249 Johnston Street if approved would still stand as one of the suburbs tallest buildings. Pace...

Pellicano Group cements Oakleigh as an upcoming apartment hotspot

Builder turned developer Pellicano Group is seeking approval for a residential apartment development in Oakleigh that promises to further propel the suburb toward higher density living. The Mount Waverley-based firm is proposing 111 residential apartments at 89-93 Atherton Road which if approved would become the tallest building within the suburb. Over a 2,620sqm site, the land in question is located on the north side of Atherton Road and is...

DEXUS seeking a Nexus: 32-44 Flinders Street planning application

After the best part of six months at planning the lid is being lifted on Sydney-based DEXUS Property Group's intentions for their prized 32-44 Flinders Street site. Superseding an earlier proposal of 56 levels, the current 65 level proposal represents another entry into the burgeoning list of 200 metre plus residential towers in Melbourne. Constructed during 1998, DEXUS have seen it fit to replace the onsite multi-level car park with a...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Future (Planning) Committee this week resolved to issue conditional approval for a 10-storey building at 1071-1081 Hoddle Street in East Melbourne. The building would rise to a height of 31.54m and accommodate 26 apartments on a triangular shaped site with a total area of 311 sqm.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 07:15
CBRE in recent weeks has begun marketing a development site at 118 City Road in Southbank which has been branded as 'Flagship'. The 6,191sqm site is currently home to a BMW dealership and showroom, and has significant potential to add to what is set to become on of the densest city blocks in Melbourne, boasting towers of 200m through to over 300m.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.