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.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

453-457 Graham St, Port Melbourne

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 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 12 2015.

Friday, November 25, 2016

143 Station & 367 Princes St, Port Melbourne

25 November 2016
A fire broke out in the house under construction in Princes St around 2.30am. It is being treated as suspicious.Little now remains of the newly built house in Princes St, where the fire started, but the charred, blackened framework. The fire damaged the houses on either side as well. The house, which has been built over the past 18 months, is part of the development that runs through to Station Street.

September 2016
Taking shape 
June 2015
143 Station St 15 06 2015
Princes St frontage 15 06 2015
29 August 2014
The VCAT decision
VCAT approved the development with some significant changes. The following points from the decision explain their thinking in relation to heritage:
  1. 'The purpose of the Heritage Overlay is to ensure the development does not adversely affect the significance of a heritage place. The character of Station Street near the subject site could mostly be defined by the infill housing stock built in recent years. Most of the precinct significance is derived from the railway reserve itself. The intact collection of small scale workers cottages in Princes Street on either side of the subject site are consistent with a defined fine grain and single-storey housing pattern from the late 19th and early 20th to centuries.
  1. Given the diversity of the housing stock in both streets, I consider that a different design approach is required for each dwelling. Both heritage advisors considered the existing dwelling to be of no contributory value and had no issues with its demolition, however they did diverge as to the style of the two replacement dwellings. Although there was some agreement that a contemporary design approach could be appropriate to both street frontages, that would be not possible particularly for Station Street if there was a more intact area with listed buildings.
  1. With 135 Station Street to the east having a maximum height of 6.2 metres and 141 Station Street to the west having a height of 5.8 metres to the ridge. Therefore, the considerable amount of the third floor will be visible from oblique angles looking along Station Street. Setting back the top level from both side boundaries would considerably reduce the visible bulk of this building from front on and oblique views and this is the mechanism that has been successfully adopted with a number of three-storey dwellings that have been viewed as part of the site inspection in the surrounding streets. 
  1. Now that the design of Unit 2 (Princes St frontage) has been reduced to two-storeys, the issue of height and its relationship to the adjoining buildings is not as critical. Princes Street is considered to have a highly consistent streetscape in terms of building scale, era and detail. There is only one exception in this part of the street, being No. 369 that contains a single-storey brick cottage with a single carport in a side setback.'
06 03 2014
Read more of the decision here
6 March 2014
Agent Frank Gordon’s pitch for the property was that ‘Once in a while, a superb allotment becomes available in one of Port Melbourne’s best positions, fronting Station Street’s picturesque parkland, city light rail, bike path, and just a stroll to Bay Street’s cafes and the sandy beachfront’. 
The property has frontages to Station and Prince Streets.The property was sold for $1,140,000 on Saturday 22 September 2012. A planning application to demolish the existing dwelling and construct two, three-storey dwellings was refused on 29 11 2013 and is now at appeal to VCAT. 



    Friday, September 30, 2016

    11 Evans St, Port Melbourne

    28 April 2016
    Hiatus


    Garden inventory

    A lemon tree 

    146 Dow St, Port Melbourne

    October 2016

    The house sold for $2,385,000 on 15 October




    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Princes St, Port Melbourne

    25 September 2016
    Looking sad. Weeds in the clever garden beds on top of the wall admired a year or so ago.
    Terminal decline while planning matters are being resolved.





    Sunday, September 25, 2016

    116 Farrell St, Port Melbourne (corner Ross St)

    25 September 2016

    Domain reports that a neighbour of a plain Port Melbourne house bought the property to prevent a developer from knocking it down and building townhouses. The purchaser paid a surburb square metre record of $7,163 at the auction held on 24 September. It had not been sold for 50 years.
    September 2016


    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    166 Dow St, Port Melbourne

    June 2017
    Completion and a new life.

    August/September 2016
    Shortly after the planning permit was approved, the house was demolished. Construction began soon afterwards with the two townhouses taking shape rapidly (18 September 2016)
    Bob York, a former resident of both 164 and 166 Dow St has kindly shared these photographs and some of the history of the house.
    166 & 164 Dow St photo: Bob York c1956


    164 with 166 Dow St in the background c1967 photo: Bob York

    21 June 2016
    Approval was given for an amended planning application for 'construction of two double storey townhouses, including two double garages and swimming pool' (source: City of Port Phillip planning permit register 635/2015/A)

    7 October 2015
    Application no 635/2015 has been lodged for the construction of two (2) double storey dwellings and rear garages with studios. (source: City of Port Phillip planning permit register)

    28 August 20131
    166 Dow St, Port Melbourne is for sale. 
    What's your pick: a redevelopment opportunity or an unusual - for Port - family home? Port Houses will keep an eye on it.The house, and its neighbour 164, was built by Claude Plumridge. His business was the Ideal Drum & Cask Company. His son Stan played footy for Port and was named at full back in the Port Melbourne Football Club Team of the Century.
    166 Dow St, Port Melbourne
    December 1999
    Then owners of 166 Dow St submitted to the Port Phillip Council when it was preparing Planning Amendment C5 that 164 and 166 Dow St be removed from the heritage overlay as they were non-contributory buildings. The submission was supported by the Council and the Panel considering the amendment. 

    Saturday, September 10, 2016

    186 Dow St, Port Melbourne

    10 September 2016
    This rare vacant site was sold by Frank Gordon for $2,055,00. It has a 10.06 m frontage and is 30.18 m deep.
    The site was offered for the first time in 112 years.
    The 'scarcity of land unencumbered by a heritage overlay' was noted as an attraction to purchasers.

    The site has lain empty between 1997 and 2016 - nearly twenty years. It was formerly the home of Jack and Phyllis Nichols. Phyllis was closely associated with St Josephs School.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    89 Raglan St, Port Melbourne

    March 2017
    Re-incarnated in grey.


    August  2016
    The former corner shop at Heath x Raglan St was sold for $1,502m by Chisholm & Gamon.
    While looking neat and tidy over the past year, it had been through a graffiti-ed patch which led to much exasperation from neighbours.
    July 2016

    In 2010



    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    179 Gladstone St, Montague

    18 June 2016
    The site is for sale by CBRE at auction on 30 June at 12.30pm

    16 October 2015

    28 September 2015



    17 November 2016




    6 May 2014
    179 Gladstone St is also known as Romsey.


    Friday, June 3, 2016

    104 Princes St, Port Melbourne

    3 June 2016
    104 Princes St is for sale by Marshall White. Its attributes - no heritage overlay, two street frontages and approved plans for a new four to five bedroom home - suggest code for demolition. 



    28 April 2015

    Planning application 1258/2013A is for construction of a new, two storey dwelling and two storey garage/studio to the rear. 

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    266 - 268 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne

    2016

    Completion


    2011
    The planning permit phase
    A planning permit was issued by the City of Port Phillip for the demolition of two dwellings and the construction of a new two storey dwelling. (reference Application Number 598/2011) - a bit puzzling since there is clearly a second dwelling on the site.

    2010
    Changing hands
    I barely remember this house, sold in 2010, for $1,500,000
    image: Chisholm & Gamon

    Saturday, April 23, 2016

    126 Heath St, Port Melbourne

    2016

    2008

    Changing hands

    image: Cayzer Real Estate 
    image: Cayzer Real Estate 
    The house at 126 Heath St was sold by private treaty for $710,000 on 29 August 2008.
    (source: www.domain.com.au)

    17 Nott St, Port Melbourne

    January 2017
    Demolition is underway of the former home of Kevin Palmer.

    The works proposed are
    • demolition of the existing dwelling (permit not required
    • construction of a four storey building comprising car parking, office space and residential dwelling (application 904/2016 lodged 10 10 2016, approval given 17 01 2017)


    April 2016
    The former home of Kevin Palmer sold on 9 April 2016 for $1.38 million. The property was sold by Frank Callaghan of Frank Gordon. 
    Kevin Palmer was a legend of Port Melbourne who lived all his life in this house. 
    This is the last remaining house in the section of Nott Street between Beach and Rouse Streets.
    His story came to be seen as a symbol of the great change in Port Melbourne - One house said it all.






    74 Station St, Port Melbourne

    2015 - complete

    June 2012
    Application 539/2012 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip on 27 June 2012. A permit for the demolition of this dwelling and the construction of a two storey dwelling and front fence was issued with a permit on the 26 October 2012.

    May 2012

    source: Cayzer
    The house at 74 Station St was sold for $915,000 on 1 May 2012







    Alumuna - 9 Johnston St, Port Melbourne

    April 2016
    Marketing begins for the Alumuna development by Wood Marsh architecture. Wood Marsh's Beacon project is in the same block.





    September 2015
    An application was lodged on the 9 September 2015 for development of a six storey building containing 28 apartments.
    The site had been used for carparking for many years.






    Sunday, March 13, 2016

    151 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

    October 2016

    Stone wall added.

    Almost complete - but not quite

    28 10 2015

    The site cleared
    18 11 2013
    The Planning Permit phase
    Decline
    Planning Permit 1048/2012 for construction of a two-storey dwelling with basement and roof terrace
    Permit issued: 30 05 2013

    In this transition period, waiting for the permit, bicycles appear.





    17 05 2012
    Changing Hands
    This house belonged to a Maltese man who arrived in Melbourne on the Flaminia in 1960. He worked as an engineer at Swallows.
    He was taciturn, not very friendly - a heavy smoker. He had a very prized car. Even when he became very ill, he was reluctant to part with it. 
    The house was considerably modified, but the original house was still there, behind all the changes.
    The property was sold by Frank Gordon for $850,000 on 17 December 2011 noting that there was no heritage overlay.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    26 Stokes St, Port Melbourne

    Planning application 1225/2015 was lodged with the City of Port Phillip on 16 11 2015 for the demolition of the dwelling to construct a new four storey dwelling with basement car park and roof deck.

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

    850 - 868 Lorimer St, Fishermans Bend

    The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, is the responsible authority for this site. The site is in the Lormer Precinct of Fishermans Bend and falls within the City of Melbourne. The City of Melbourne's comments are invited to inform the Minister's decision.
    This drastically brief summary of points of interest is taken from the report to the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee of 2 February 2016
    source: Report to Future Melbourne Committee 2 02 2016
    Project summary
    • The site has a total area of approximately 1.01 ha with a 157.49m frontage to Lorimer Street and 184.09m frontage to Ingles Street.
    • Three towers measuring 28 storeys (96.75m approx.), 42 storeys (138.75m approx.) and 44 storeys (144.75m approx.) Podium height Between 5
    • Total 936 car parking spaces proposed on the basement and podium levels  
    • Total 631 bicycle spaces 
    • 1134 apartments: One bedroom dwellings/apartments: 459, two bedroom dwellings/apartments: 616, three or more bedroom dwellings/apartments: 59
    The report recommended that
    • to enable larger canopy trees to grow on Lorimer St, power lines should be undergrounded
    • trees on Ingles St be retained and protected and that further trees be planted
    • the Ingles St frontage should be improved to include more active uses, rather than blank walls 
    • each tower be designed with a distinct architecture 
    The report found that
    • visitor bicycle parking was under-provided
    • car parking rates could not rest on an assumption of the future provision of public transport
    • bike parking needed to be reviewed for ease of access to future users
    The report and recommended conditions to address some of the concerns raised above will now be considered by the Minister.

    The proposal failed to excite Cr Leppert who described it as 'dull', 'monotonous and bland'.

    Source: City of Melbourne - Future Melbourne Committee 2 February 2016

    For images, go to Urban Melbourne 


    Friday, February 5, 2016

    46 Lyons St, Port Melbourne

    30 May 2016
    A new house on the site of the former garage/workshop. 

    2017

    13 September 2013
    Next door to this house, just to the right, was a garage. Before the house was offered for sale, the former owner's family held a garage sale. Her father had worked on the Railways, his daughter told me. His meticulous collection of tools was laid in front of our hungry garage sale eyes. I bought a few terracotta pots that I've planted up. 
    I like taking a bit of Port with me from one place to another.
    2013

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    262 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne

    2016

    Hard to believe it's the same house.


    2015

    31 01 2015

    in between - April 2015
    2013 - a bicycle appears in this transition phase

    image: house.ksou.cn


    sold on 29 April 2013

    The house was sold by Frank Gordon. At the time of sale, the adjacent property was a vacant block.