Evolving Port

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

86 Evans St, Port Melbourne

November 2018

Planning application 510/2018 has been lodged with the City of Port Phillip for the demolition of the existing dwelling, outbuildings and fences and construction of a two storey dwelling with basement and boundary fences.

May 2018

This quaint former shop, formerly Demmler's Boot Shop, on the corner of Evans and Bridge St is for sale.



Saturday, November 17, 2018

275 Princes St, Port Melbourne

November 2018

All moved in and creepers growing up the Farrell St wall.



July 2018



The timber is spotted gum.

October 2017

Part demolition of the rear of 275 Princes St is underway. The front rooms of the house will be retained.


October 2017
Look at those bricks - October 2017

Planning matters

The City of Port Phillip approved application 112/2016 for 'part demolition; alterations and additions including a two-storey addition to rear of the existing dwelling and the construction of a new front fence' on 8 June 2017. 

The decision was appealed to VCAT which approved the application on 26 September 2017.

25 September 2016

Looking sad. Weeds in the clever garden beds on top of the wall admired a year or so ago.
Apparently terminal decline while planning matters are being resolved.


October 2013

The house was sold on 5 October 2013 for $760,000. (source Buxton)

Two disappearing features of houses - the Hills Hoist and the sleepout.

photo credit Buxton






Tuesday, November 13, 2018

58 Station St, Port Melbourne

10 November 2018

The property changed hands again for $860,000.


20 June 2017

The house at 58 Station St was sold by Cayzer for $964,000. It is reported that a jogger going past bought it on a whim and paid $194,000 over the reserve. 

Opposite Port Melbourne's Railway Reserves, minutes from Graham station and just a few more to the beach and Bay St, its advantages are easy to see.





Mrs Timms watches the world go by 1987
Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society collection 
2009

Looking a tad neglected.

26 September 2009

Monday, October 1, 2018

144 - 148 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

1 October 2018

The buildings on the corner of Ferrars and Thistlethwaite St have been demolished to make way for a six level mixed use development designed by Jackson Clements Burrows. (source: Urban Melbourne)

Visit the iurada website to see what the building will look like.

Ferrars x Thistlethwaite October 2018

A permit for the development was issued by the City of Port Phillip on 28 March 2018. (reference 951/2017)

March 2010

The property was sold for $1,177,000 (source onthehouse.com.au)

c2000

The premises were used for cassette copy and video duplication

Follow the link to the State Library of Victoria website to see a Lyle Fowler photograph of this corner in 1964 when it was occupied by Holvex.

10 - 16 Boundary St, Montague, South Melbourne

1 October 2018

Buildings on site are being demolished and the site prepared for development.

18 October 2016

The City of Port Phillip issued a permit with conditions for a development of 30 dwellings in the form of three rows of four storey townhouses, with a basement car park.

The Council is the decision maker for developments of

The site is in a four storey mandatory height limit area as designated by Schedule 1 to the Capital City Zone (CCZ). 

156-162 Thistlethwaite St, Montague, Fishermans Bend

19 October 2018

H & R Motor Body Repairs have moved to Braybrook after fifty years in this location. The site deteriorates.



26 September 2018

The City of Port Phillip issued a permit, with conditions, for 12 townhouses of 4 levels at the planning meeting on 26 September 2018.

9 November 2015

'First time offered in 50 years.'




Wednesday, September 26, 2018

320 - 332 Plummer St, Wirraway

June 2019

The P.M. development viewed from west side of Prohasky St towards the corner of Prohasky and Tarver Sts.



April 2019

The development emerges.

view from the Webb Dock trail April 2019

September 2018

Hutchinson Builders now have three cranes on site.


April 2018

P.M.

The site is being cleared and prepared for the construction of the P.M. development. The permit dates back to 2014.

The locational attributes of the site are highlighted: 650m to Port Melbourne beach and just 3km to the CBD. It is minutes from the access to the Westgate Freeway.

David Joachim is the Director of Third Street which also owns 365-391 Plummer St, and a property in Rocklea Drive. (source: Simon Johanson Age 15 March 2017)

Developer: Third Street

2017

Marketing the P.M. Port Melbourne development from prominent premises on the corner of Plummer and Salmon Streets.


December 2016

Marketing begins for the P.M. Port Melbourne development designed by Elenberg Fraser.




(and the Port)  December 2016

September 2016 

The permit applicant sought amendments to the original permit. They appealed to VCAT when the Minister for Planning failed to determine the amendment within the required time.

VCAT granted permit P866/2016 on 26 September 2016.

The development will contain 536 apartments over three towers and eleven townhouses. Two of the towers will be twelve storeys while the tower on the corner of Plummer and Prohasky Streets will be fifteen storeys.

The mix of dwellings will be 48% one bedroom, 39.5% two bedroom, an increase in 3 bedroom dwellings from 6.3% to 12.7% and 11 townhouses. This accords with the requirements to provide for housing diversity in size and affordability.

May 2015

Planning permit PA1600082 was issued by the Minister for Planning on 24 May 2015 for a development of three towers between 12 and 15 storeys.

2014

A planing application was lodged with the Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) on 1 October 2014. The application was not supported by the MPA. (Ref 14/0005)






Friday, August 31, 2018

12 Spring St East, Port Melbourne

November 2018

The owner has decided not to proceed with the project and to sell the property instead.

31 August 2018

Memorial for 12 Spring Street east.

31 August 2018

After a prptracted planning process the former home of Maisie Harrison was demolished over three days.

A magnificent camellia in full bloom went too.


April 2018

The applicant withdrew the appeal to VCAT on 11 April 2018.

September 2017

The applicant has appealed the Council's decision to VCAT.

August 2017

At its meeting of 2 August 2017, the City of Port Phillip approved a modified proposal for the construction of two double storey dwellings. 
The following specific conditions were included:

  •  Deletion of the second floor of dwelling one. 
  • The first floor windows on the eastern elevation to be obscured glass and fixed shut to a height of 1.7m above finished floor level. 
  • The finished floor level of the garage to be at least 1.962 AHD. 
  • The maximum height of the dwellings to be 7.88m above natural ground level.  
View the Council report of 2 August here.

21 April 2016

The house was sold for $1.96m by Frank Gordon estate agents. @FrankGordonCo notes the rarity of sites not covered by a heritage overlay. 

28 January 2016

As it is - full of quirky details.






7 November 2015

The Planning Permit Phase 

City of Port Phillip planning permit application 1036/2015 advises of the proposed demolition of this house and its replacement with two, two storey dwellings.

12 Spring Street East, 7 November 2015










Sunday, July 15, 2018

Alumuna - 9 Johnston St, Port Melbourne

ALUMUNA

July 2018

Bayside Construct, builders of this development, have gone into administration with 49 people made redundant. (source AFR 10 July 2018)


April 2016


Marketing begins for the Alumuna development by Wood Marsh architecture. Wood Marsh's Beacon project is in the same block.



Developer Peter Maher, Strange Fellow Investments


September 2015

An application was lodged on the 9 September 2015 for development of a six storey building containing 28 apartments.

The site had been used for carparking for many years.

9 Johnston St, Port Melbourne






Tuesday, July 10, 2018

199-201 Normanby Rd, Southbank

July 2019

Capital Alliance has appointed Crema Group as the builder on its $200 million mixed-use project, Normanby

The 40-storey tower will include a 200-room hotel by Marriott, as well as 100 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed by early 2021.

July 2018

The permit for this site has been amended to include an AC Marriott Hotel. It will also include a reduced number of apartments - 111. (source: AFR, July 9 2018)

June 2018

199-201 Normanby Rd, formerly a scrap metal merchant, is becoming Normanby. Marketing has begun for Normanby Melbourne.


Note the Gravity Tower to the rear and right of the photograph and 'cash for scrap' indicating the site's former use as a scrap metal recycling facility.


June 2018
November 2017

Capital Alliance purchased the site from the scrap metal dealer for $13.5m in November 2017, $11 psm.

Permit 2013/009628 was issued by Planning Minister Matthew Guy on 1 September 2014.

Height 121m
Levels 40 levels
Architect DKO Architecture

November 2015

On the move again. The scrap metal merchant's premises are for sale.

November 2015

September 2014

Planning permit was issued by Planning Minister Matthew Guy on 1 September 2014.


Friday, June 29, 2018

112 Munro St, South Melbourne

June 2018

Feverish activity at this site has been hard to make sense of - not apartments. What could it be?

Now it becomes clear. It will be a new venue Half Acre - South Melbourne's first garden bar and eatery - set  to open in August 2018.

27 June 2016


The site was sold in June 2016 for $8,100,000 by private treaty.

December 1995

Sold for $805,000

April 1983

The site was sold for $160,000 (source: Domain.com.au)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

15-85 Gladstone St, Montague

23 June 2018

Launch party for Tower 1, Fifteen85. A heavy emphasis on dogs - canine wellbeing, dog minding, dog grooming.

For people, there were crepes, hot dogs and fair trade coffee.

The burger people had reportedly crashed into the Montague Bridge.




June 2018

Fifteen85 

A sales office has opened on site with Tower 1 (of 3) to launch on 23 June. Elenberg Fraser are now the architects and the development is branded as Fifteen85. It has a new address 85 Gladstone Street.

The final approval was for three towers, rather than the four originally approved.

Tower 1 is the western most of the 3 towers and will contain 222 apartments. The podium level will be ' laden with greenery'.

The developer is CEL Australia.






December 2017

The site was sold by Colliers International  on 4 December 2017. Among the attributes of the site, Colliers listed

  • Enormous site area of 9,356sqm
  • Three extensive street frontages
  • Flexible Capital City Zone 1
  • Recently approved permit allowing for a landmark, mixed use project designed by world renowned Fender Katsalidis
  • Directly adjacent to the new South Melbourne Park Primary School, and newly designated park

August 2017

An amended permit was subsequently issued on 29 August 2017

21 June 2016




Amended plans for the site were considered by the City of Port Phillip. While the Council had no issue with changing the architect to Fender Katsalidis, the Council advised DEWLP that it did not support changes which included

  • reduced tower separation distances
  • reduced setbacks to Kerr and Buckhurst Sts
  • increasing the heights of towers 2 and 3 to 30 levels so that all four towers will be the same height

November 2014

On 29 November, a Labor government was elected with Daniel Andrews as Premier. Richard Wynne became the planning minister.

September 2014

Ministerial permit 2013/005499 was issued on 1 September 2014. The permit provides for a north-south link through the site, consistent podium heights and a reduction in height for the towers to 30 storeys.

4 June 2013

Marc Pallisco, the Age, reported on Saturday 1 June that Carlins has lodged an application for a staged development of 4 towers, the tallest of which will be 38 storeys, for their massive site on Buckhurst St.

The proposed development includes 1,023 flats.

The application, lodged on 27 May 2013, is listed on the Minister's Planning Permit register with scant further information at this time.

The site is large, 9,356 sqm and Buckhurst St is very wide. In the City of Port Phillip's plan for the suburb, Buckhurst was envisaged as the main street and community heart of Montague.

A different future to that imagined by Port Phillip is now unfolding, but at this time there is no clarity as to how such large developments will deliver any community benefit.
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The Buckhurst St edge
corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague
 corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague 2013


1 June 2013


November 1989

The site was sold by private treaty for $453.499k. (source: Domain property report)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Princes St, Port Melbourne

3 June 2018

Different expectations - 2018 v 2000. Two storeys was pushing the envelope in 2000, now three storeys is the default.

A street with no heritage overlay.



248 Graham St, Port Melbourne

3 June 2018

Three dwellings replace a single house on this long block.

Not sure by about the reference to the former dwelling.


from Nott St

2016

Planning application 1141/2016 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip on 6 December 2016 for 3 double storey townhouses.

The house was demolished in 2017.


2015

248 Graham St was sold on 15 October 2015 for $1,110,000.

Background

This was the family home of Joyce and Angus Richards and their three children. The house was given to the couple by their father-in-law when they married.

163 Liardet St, Port Melbourne

3 June 2018

The house is being deconstructed to make way for a three storey dwelling with a rear garage (CoPP planning application 807/2015)


13 March 2015

The former family home of Mac Hatfield, gentle woman, participant at the nearby Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House. 

She told me that she and her husband built this house in place of the older house on the site to meet the needs of their growing family.

17 11 2014
6 December 2014

The house was sold by Frank Gordon for $1,180,000

Saturday, March 31, 2018

155 Dow St, Port Melbourne

17 November 2018

The house was once again offered for auction by Hocking Stuart.

March 2018

The house at 155 Dow St was passed in at auction. Its attributes are the large site and rear access.

It last changed hands in 1977. It was previously occupied by a Greek family.

In the garden is a peach tree and some canna lilies but the garden has been neglected for some time.

According to FN, a former owner had a furniture workshop in his garage.


155 Dow St, March 2018


According to realestate.com.au the site was last sold in 1977 for $46,500.

Friday, March 30, 2018

New life at 143 Farrell St, Port Melbourne

October 2017


The former life of 143 Farrell St is briefly described here.

15-35 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne

February 2019

Construction has begun on this project. A fence surrounds the development site.

February 2019 - builder appointed

March 2018

The site of Rothelowman's project South.



Marketing highlights convenience - the site's neighbourhood walkability index of 92 and proximity to South Melbourne Market, schools and Port Melbourne.

The City of Port Phillip renewed the permit on 28 March 2018 since it had expired. The rationale for the permit extension is given in the planning report.

May 2016

The site is sold by Colliers.


December 2015

A permit was issued on 14 December 2015 for an 8 level building.

22 June 2013


June 2013
The site is occupied by MVB Motor Vehicle Brokers, used car dealer.