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.

237 Princes St, Port Melbourne

July 2021

Work has begun on site.

237 Princes St, Port Melbourne July 2021

10 October 2020

All that remains of 237 Princes St - an outside laundry and a shed.

The uneven brick work of the neighbouring property is revealed.

all that remains of 237 Princes St

neighbouring brick wall
29 September 2020

Demolition underway. 


The final days of 237 Princes St, Port Melbourne 

September 2020

237 Princes St clings on but not for much longer it seems. An amendment to the planning permit has been sought to add a lift and a stair to the roof deck. 

October 2017

The property will be sold by Cayzer on 21 October for $1,400,000 with endorsed plans for a three level dwelling.




237 Princes St is for sale, October 2017
2 February 2017

On this day, the City of Port Phillip granted a permit to demolish the house and replace it with a three storey dwelling. The application went back to 2015. (ref 1297/2015)

2 November 2015

Over a period of time 237 Princes St deteriorated to such an extent that it appeared it would just fall into a heap. I thought it was gone.

237 Princes St, 29 August 2011

And then it had a coat of paint and looks set for a new lease of life.

237 Princes St, November 2015
Sales history

October 2017: $1,400,000
April 2014: $835k  
July 1997: $230k
March 1978: 32k

(source: domain.com.au)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

103 Beach St, Port Melbourne

July 2021

The site has been purchased by Sydney-based developer Ilya Melnikoff for $16.65 million. This will be only their second project in Melbourne - the first being in Albert St, East Melbourne.

The 1400 sq m site was acquired from Melbourne developer V-Leader, which paid $11.2 million for it in 2017.

The development will be re-branded as Pier 103 Waterfront Residences. 

April 2020

The last trading day for the IGA Beacon Cove Foodstore was 3 April 2020.

April 2020
November 2019

VCAT issued  planning permit 673/2015 on 6 February 2017. The permit allowed for the construction of a three storey building containing a supermarket and restaurant at ground level and 14 dwellings above and a reduction of the car parking and loading bay requirements.

An amendment to that permit was sought. It proposed the addition of an extra storey to create a four storey (15.1m high) building, the reduction of the number of dwellings (from 14 to 12), rearrangement of the basement car park, modify car parking (including car parking to the north of the site) and reduce the clearance height of the building above the shared path on the eastern side of the site and internal changes.

The City of Port Phillip supported the amendment and a permit with conditions was issued. (see City of Port Phillip planning report 27 November 2019)

The architects for the amended design are  Wood Marsh Architecture, responsible for nearby MINTAlumuna and Beacon. Wood Marsh has its offices in the ground floor of the Beacon building on Beach St.

2015

The Beacon Cove Foodstore in 2015.

Beacon Cove Foodstore 2015




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.