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, July 31, 2021

237 York St, South Melbourne

 April 2021

This modest house on the corner of York and Morris St is being renovated by Plico Design Studio which has a commitment to the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. 

237 York St, South Melbourne April 2021

A glimpse of the rear of 237 York St, South Melbourne

453-457 Graham St, Port Melbourne

July 2021

Construction is well advanced on the project. With the new Port Melbourne Secondary School set to open in early 2022, Port Melbourne Primary School about 100m away, and the opening of Woolworths, Fishermans Bend, this is an extremely well located site. 




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.

Ross St, Port Melbourne

July 2021

Not long for this life. Creepers climb the front door. 

Ross St, Port Melbourne July 2021



70 - 72 Albert St, Port Melbourne

July 2021

Construction continues during COVID lockdown #5.

70 - 72 Albert St, Port Melbourne July 2021

February 2021

The development is under construction.

under construction, from Ross St, February 2021

June 2019

The site is cleared in preparation for the development.

level site at 70 - 72 Albert St
October 2017

Advertising for the re-development of 70 - 72 Albert St.



The house which this development will replace.




April 2017

VCAT  issued a permit for full demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a three storey building with basement containing nine dwellings.

January 2014

The house was sold by Frank Gordon & Co estate agents on 8 January 2014 for $1,855,000, noting there was no heritage overlay. 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

120 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

8 July 2021

Detectives from the Port Phillip Crime Investigation Unit have charged a 30 year old man in connection with the fire that destroyed the factory buildings on site on Thursday 6 May. Detectives executed a warrant and seized a number of electronic and explosive items. (source: Southbank News, July 2021)

June 2021 

The site has been cleared.

corner Ferrars x Buckhurst St, South Melbourne 1 June 2021
Before the fire

Tuck's industrial packaging

Buckhurst St, with olive trees


Saturday, July 3, 2021

520 City Rd, South Melbourne

 3 July 2021

The former Nelson Hotel on the corner of City Rd and Montague St is for sale by expression of interest, closing on 5 August at 12 pm. Colliers are handling the sale.

520 City Rd, South Melbourne

View the property on Colliers website.