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, October 30, 2021

378 - 382 Bay St, Port Melbourne

30 October 2021

378 Bay St sold at auction for $2.2 million with more than 110 people looking on. The auction followed the easing of Melbourne's lockdown the preceding evening. The property had been in the hands of the same family for 37 years.


378 - 382 Bay St, Port Melbourne

This handsome threesome of houses at the northern end of Bay St were constructed in 1900. The tree obscures some of the details described in the citation below.
"The allotment was purchased from the Crown by T Fordham. By February 1900 the land was owned by James McLaughlan, of Howe Crescent, South Melbourne. During that year he erected three 8 room brick houses.


A rare example in Port Melbourne of a grand terrace of three houses, it is of unusually late date for the style. The terrace demonstrates the original mixed residential and commercial character of Bay Street. The terrace is notable for its elaborate parapet design and cast iron balcony decoration. These three two storey terrace houses were constructed in polychromatic brickwork, now painted. They are relatively wide and have cast iron balconies and verandahs. The central house is more elaborate than its flanking neighbour, having a triangular pedimented parapet and more complex cast iron decoration. In addition, the central house has tripartitite windows, arched to the ground floor, rather than the paired windows found on the other three houses. The cornice detailing on the two outer houses differ from that on the central house. The south house has a rectangular pediment which differs from the possibly altered pediment on the north house. The original decorative urns have been removed."

Source: City of Port Phillip Heritage Review Database No: 256

293 The Boulevard, Port Melbourne

October 2021

Construction well underway.

construction underway at 293 The Boulevard October 2021

February 2021

'All Gone' announces the bulldozer.


Planning history

In December 2018, the City of Port Phillip refused an application for the demolition of the existing dwelling to construct a new double storey dwelling on heritage grounds. The decision was appealed to VCAT.

The VCAT member argued that the dwelling had been so significantly modified it had lost its heritage significance.

In 1998 a lightweight structure had been added upstairs and some renovations made downstairs. The architect was Lucinda McLean at NMBW architects. See Garden City House.

Sales history
April 2004: $860k
February 1998: $167.5k by private treaty
July 1989:  $205K

187-201 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

Port Lane

October 2021

Demolition has begun.

Demolition underway at 187 - 201 Williamstown Rd, October 2021

February 2021

Port Lane, February 2021

The marketing for Port Lane explicitly retains the graffiti.

Port Lane, Todd Rd frontage February 2021

Marketing for Port Lane - 'a coastal community with urban flair'.

Port Lane at 201 Williamstown Rd 

December 2020

Marketing for the Port Lane townhouses approved in 2017. The architects for the development are Rothelowman. The landscape architects are Tract. 

ID_Land, Todd Rd, December 2020

1 November 2017

At the meeting of 1 November, the Port Phillip Council approved this development application subject to a range of conditions.

The proposal is to construct 122 three level townhouse dwellings, 15 of which would incorporate the saw tooth factory wall along the Todd Street boundary. All other buildings will be demolished.

The land is in the Wirraway Precinct of Fishermans Bend which has an interim mandatory 4-storey maximum height area (until 31 March 2018). The development clearly complies with this requirement.

The existing saw tooth factory fa├žade along Todd Road is part of the noise attenuation strategy for the development.

the real thing with graffiti - November 2017

render showing retained saw tooth roof wall via Rothelowman

Trees along the Williamstown Road frontage including the Wallangarra White Gum at the corner of Todd Road are to be retained, and existing trees along the north, east and west rear and side boundaries are to be protected.

21 different townhouse designs are proposed. Fifteen of the dwellings facing Todd Road would incorporate the retained redbrick sawtooth factory wall into their rear elevation.

Both VICT and Port of Melbourne Operations Ltd objected to the proposal on the basis that it could compromise the future workings of the Port.

The Council's response was to require that the development incorporate stringent noise attenuation measures and to include the following conditions:

All dwellings will be required to contain covenants to be registered on the Title of the property so as to run with the land, and must provide for the following:
  1. Confirm that the land is located adjacent to an active, 24 hour per day working port located at the Port of Melbourne;
  2. Acknowledge the adjacent Port is projected to expand and increase its operations from circa 1 million standard containers in 2017 to circa six million standard containers in 2040, generally in accordance with the Port Development Strategy 2035 Vision, Port of Melbourne Corporation, August 2009.

Port Phillip Council report 1 November 2017 Ref P0307/2017

The site


Neighbours - Port of Melbourne and 187 Williamstown Rd




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

58 Station St, Port Melbourne

September 2021

The house has been demolished and the site cleared. 

And so ends this chapter in the life of 58 Station St, Port Melbourne.

all clear at 58 Station St, Port Melbourne

19 June 2021

The property is deteriorating. It has been secured with a fence.

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 & Preservation Society collection 

2009

58 Station St looking a tad neglected.

58 Station St, Port Melbourne 26 September 2009

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

525 Graham St, Port Melbourne

 October 2021

The Goodman Group has reportedly acquired the site for $35 to $40 million.

10 July 2021

The Port Melbourne base of Frank Walker's National Tiles is for sale, and is expected to fetch more than $30 million.

The 1.4 ha site has been in the hands of Mirisklavos Properties (previously called Twenty-Fifth Shackle) for 34 years. (source: The Age, Commercial Real Estate)

The agent, Savills, describes it as a 'precinct defining site' with significant development potential. It is in the Wirraway precinct of the Fishermans Bend renewal area.

It is immediately west of the Fishermans Bend Woolworths which opened in July. 

The site for sale in Graham St, Port Melbourne

looking north, 525 Graham St


179 - 185 Normanby Rd, Southbank

Laconia

October 2021

Helloworld Travel director, former Liberal government treasurer Andrew Burnes, is selling the former Laconia Woollen Mills. (source: realestatesource.com.au)

May 2016

A planning permit for a 41 level building was lodged in May 2016 (PA1600105). 

It was called in by the Minister for Planning, along with other Normanby Rd applications on 22 February 2018 pending the outcome and recommendations of the Fishermans Bend Review Panel.

Mr Burnes paid $7.04m for Laconia House in late 2011.

Laconia House catches the morning sun

Land area 2,008sqm







Sunday, October 10, 2021

144 - 148 Ferrars St, South Melbourne

March 2020

Just finishing touches now.

Addressing the corner of Ferrars & Thistlethwaite Sts, March 2020

15 December 2019

The building nears completion.


to the corner of Ferrars and Thistlethwaite St
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)


144 - 148 Ferrars St, 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)

144 - 148 Ferrars St, photo credit Dixon Kestles

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.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

103 Beach St, Port Melbourne

formerly The Beacon Cove Foodstore

October 2021

103 Beach St, October 2021

Branding for Pier 103 Waterfront Residences wraps around the former Beacon Cove foodstore.

September 2021

A hoarding has been placed around the building while the developer prepares revised plans to put to Port Phillip Council. Carr architects have been engaged to prepare the revised design. 

The hoarding has since been defaced with anti-vaccination, anti-lockdown graffiti.

103 Beach St, September 2021

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