Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

02 August 2019

161 Buckhurst St, South Melbourne

January 2021

The property is for sale.

The property is for sale by ICR Property Group

August 2019

161 Buckhurst St will become Lenny. There will be only one apartment on each of the five levels.

The property will be developed by Eton Property Group. Its attributes:

"With a 94% Walkability Score rating, everything you need is within walking distance. Stroll to South Melbourne Market, Bay Street shopping precinct, and South Melbourne Primary School, so close to the city and sea by the nearby Montague station light rail."

August 2019
14 April 2019

Since I last passed this way, the house has been demolished.

The lilly pilly trees on the footpath are laden with fruit.

April 2019

28 March 2019

The property deteriorates. The structure is revealed.

March 2019 
2 August 2017

The City of Port Phillip has granted an extension to a permit originally granted in 2014.

The application was first lodged in 2011 and originally proposed a four storey building.

The Council argued the proposal would be an underdevelopment relative to planning guidelines at that time that recommended a five storey street wall and a maximum height of eight levels.

The application was amended to increase the height to six levels, and a permit was duly issued (by the Minister) in January 2014.

16 April 2017

Looks like 161 Buckhurst is not going to be around for much longer.

Read its planning history below.

161 Buckhurst St is one of the few  (possibly the only) remaining double fronted house in Montague. It had a significant heritage grading.

An application to demolish the house and construct a six level building was was lodged with the (then) Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) on 14th March, 2013 not long after the re-zoning of the area in 2012.

The Port Phillip Council did not support the demolition of the building because it had a significant heritage grading and was not structurally unsound but the decision was not theirs to make.

The application was approved by then Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy.

Architects: Paul Delany

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