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.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

155 Dow St, Port Melbourne

March 2020

Biding its time. A quick make over including new landscaping.

29 March 2020
17 November 2018

The house was once again offered for auction by Hocking Stuart. It sold for $2,900,000.

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. The builder is Ironside

February 2019 - builder appointed

March 2018

The site of Rothelowman's project South. The project draws inspiration from South Melbourne's industrial past 'by using natural materials reminiscent of the local streetscape in the design'.

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 (277/2015) for an 8 level building of 69 apartments.

22 June 2013

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

164 Ingles St, Sandridge Precinct, Fishermans Bend

November 2017

rear of townhouses at 164 Ingles St,  November 2017
April 2017

Canny project on Boundary St, Port Melbourne, April 2017

September 2016

under construction - a late afternoon inwinter 2016

crossovers on Woodruff St - September 2016

Ingles and Munro St corner approaches completion December 2016

20 November 2015

Canny Projects has begun construction on the $80m Stamoulis Property Group development in Port Melbourne.

The project, which will consist of 287 ... townhouses on the old soap manufacturer, Symex, site, is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Canny was awarded the contract for the design and construction of triple storey three bedroom luxury townhouses, built in and around heritage-listed buildings on Woodruff and Ingles Streets, opposite the Port Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The first stage will consist of 13 townhouses on the corner of Ingles Street and Munro Street which is scheduled to be completed early 2016.


10 December 2013

In September 2013, a draft vision for the  Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area was released by then Planning Minister, Matthew Guy.

Shortly thereafter, the City of Port Phillip was asked by the Minister to provide advice on the application.

the plan for 164 Ingles Street

The Council considered the application on 10 December 2013. Here are a few references from the Council report:

  • (4.1) the application seeks ... to redevelop the site for dwellings in accordance with a masterplan ... as it would allow for in principle approval, with detailed designs to be submitted for approval prior to the commencement of each development stage.
  • (4.4) A new vehicular and pedestrian access known as the 'Boulevard' would link Boundary and Ingles Streets
  • (4.4) a north south road known as Woodruff Drive would run from Woodruff Street and link to the centre of the Boulevard ... with a width of 8m (building to building)
  • (9.7) the granting of a planning permit for a master plan, conditional on the later submission of detailed plans for each development stage ... is recognised as a legitimate means of allowing the development in principle of a large site, while providing the flexibility to respond to market conditions in the future given that the development could potentially take a number of years. 
  • (13.2) Recommendation, second dot point: A section 173 agreement requiring the owner to inform every prospective purchaser or tenant of a dwelling that industry and the City of Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre are located proximate to the site 
The extent to which the Council's recommendations were accepted is unclear since the planning process then disappeared from public view.

The City of Port Phillip advised the Minister that it broadly supported the application for 164 Ingles Street  'to redevelop the site for approximately 250, three and four storey dwellings in accordance with a master plan'.

City of Port Phillip report 10 December 2013 164 Ingles St, Port Melbourne

Sunday, March 11, 2018

76 & 78 Nott St, Port Melbourne

March 2018

see also 74 Nott St

453-457 Graham St, Port Melbourne

11 March 2018

Construction has begun on the apartments approved in late 2015.

March 2018

10 December 2016

'12 architect designed town homes' are for sale 'nestled in historic Port Melbourne and on the doorstep of the exciting new Fishermas Bend precincts.'

Graham is 'steeped in history, focussed on the future'.

Architects: Caisson

21 April 2015
The application for 453-457 Graham St was considered by the City of Port Phillip at the Statutory Planning Meeting on 21 April 2015. (P04502014)

Zoning: Commercial 1
Overlays: None

The Council report said
The site is not located within a Heritage Overlay. Therefore the Heritage Policy does not apply to this site. Neither of the adjoining sites on Graham Street nor any site on the western side of Graham Street between Williamstown Road and Walter Street are within a Heritage Overlay. The adjoining properties to the west at 432 Williamstown Road and 59 Crichton Avenue are however located within Heritage Overlay No.2 and are located within Garden City Estate. Given the separation of these sites by the rear laneway and the mid-block location of the development, the building would not impact on the heritage value of these sites. These buildings would continue to be prominent in their respective streetscapes and would not be overwhelmed by the proposed development. Moreover it is considered that the three storey height would be an acceptable graduation in height from these two storey scale buildings. Click here to read the full report.
While the Council officer supported the application, it was refused by the Council at the planning meeting. At the subsequent appeal to VCAT, a permit was granted on 1 December 2015.