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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

22 Spring St, Port Melbourne

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

Dow St, Port Melbourne

30 May 2017
This house in lamentably poor condition is one to keep an eye on. These very simple houses are very early Port.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

161 Buckhurst St, Montague

16 April 2017
Looks like 161 Buckhurst is not going to be around for much longer.
Read its planning history below.

161 Buckhurst St is one of the few, possibly the only? remaining double fronted house in Montague. It had a significant heritage grading.

An application to demolish the house and construct a six level building was was lodged with the (then) Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) on 14th March, 2013 not long after the re-zoning of the area in 2012.

The Port Phillip Council did not support the demolition of the building because it had a significant heritage grading and was not structurally unsound but the decision was not theirs to make. The application was approved by then Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy.

Architects: Paul Delany

Monday, January 2, 2017

243 Graham St, Port Melbourne

17 July 2017
Planning application 480/2017 is being advertised for the demolition of the dwelling since it appears not to be covered by a heritage overlay.

2 January 2017
This modest house was sold for $1,101,000 at auction by Cayzer on 10 December 2016.