Evolving Port

Port Melbourne continues to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Friday, September 22, 2017

253 to 257 Normanby Rd, Montague

September 2017
The Oxford University Press site 

R Corporation's proposal for this site includes constructing two towers of 33 and 42 storeys including a five level podium containing ground floor level retail and townhouse dwellings, and apartments and a 147 room residential hotel above.

The Minister for Planning is the decision maker for this site, but the Council's advice is sought.

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that they did not support the application because, amongst other things

  • Tower 1 would overshadow Tower 2
  • The communal open space would be overshadowed
  • The buildings would overshadow nearby Fennell Reserve at 11.00am and 2pm on September 22 
  • Visual bulk
  • Poor thermal performance 
The proposal is headed to VCAT since a decision was not made within the required time frame. There will be a Directions Hearing on 05 or 22 October (tbc) and a hearing commencing 28 November 2017 for four days. 

To get a sense of the Council's concerns, view the renderings 
The full Council report 19 September 2017



Sunday, August 27, 2017

360 Howe Parade, Port Melbourne

August 2017
The house in Howe Parade was sold by R T Edgar on 19 August for $1,230,000. It was described by the agent (erroneously) as a 'classical State Bank home'.

August 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

22 Spring St, Port Melbourne

September 2017

The VCAT hearing scheduled for October has been postponed to February 2018.

July 2017
Planning application 890/2015 (lodged in August 2015) for 22 Spring St East for the demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a two storey dwelling with basement level and rooftop terrace has been refused by the City of Port Phillip.

The grounds for refusal included 'the failure to provide a contextual response to the surrounding built form'.

The application has been appealed to VCAT and will be heard on 13 October.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

198 Station St, Port Melbourne

1 July 2017

Planning application 202/2011 was lodged on 11 March 2011 for demolition of the existing dwelling and construction of a double-storey dwelling with basement. Now minor variations are proposed.

The vegetation index: several large bushy shrubs in the front yard.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

538 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne

June 2017
Marketing has begun for the Standard "Townhomes and Boutique apartments". Front row seats for the Football at North Port Oval - not mentioned in the locational advantages in the promotional material.
June 2017
The Standard will be made up of 17 three bedroom townhouses, and 15 one and two bedroom apartments. 
Developer: The Cubo Group

July 2015
The site of ATA Distributors (Abrahsives, Tapes, Adhesives Packaging Systems) was sold by Mulcahy & Co in July 2015.




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

279 Graham St, Port Melbourne

11 June 2017
The cars have gone. 

Michael Goldberg owned and operated this garage from the 1980s when he took up the business to be closer to his father, Dr Goldberg, who practised from his surgery on the corner of Bridge and Princes St.

6 June 2017
Following its sale by Dixon Kestles in April, Sandridge Motors is moving out following the retirement of the owners.

The site is zones General Residential within Design and Development Overlay 1.4 which permits up to 6 storeys.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

218 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

30 May 2017
When these inter-war houses built on the former Sandridge Lagoon change hands, they generally make way for new development.
This house, with two street frontages and adjacent to Edwards Park, is unlikely to survive.

218 Esplanade West, 2017
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