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Port Places

08 May 2019

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The first quarter 2019

State of play in Fishermans Bend.

Montague

For the first time since observing Montague on Port Places, businesses are moving in to the area, rather than out. Telleish Hair Studio, (followed by 25.4k people on Instagram), has created an elegant two-level salon in the long untenanted ground levels of the Gravity Tower in Gladstone St.

Construction has begun on three development sites in Thistlethwaite St: South, Lilix and Lurada’s six-level office building.

Demolition of the buildings on the huge former Carlins site opposite Kirrip Park is underway.

The corner shop that used to loan lawn mowers now sells vertical gardens.

The City of Port Phillip has completed streetscape works to narrow Douglas St to reduce the volume and speed of traffic around the South Melbourne Primary School and to further improve access from the City Rd tram stop.

161 Buckhurst St, possibly the last double-fronted house remaining in Montague, was demolished in April.

Sandridge

The Port Melbourne Football Club returned to North Port Oval on Easter Saturday after a comprehensive $2 million reconstruction of the ground. The very warm day brought out umbrellas for the sun rather than the rain. The day was made even more pleasing by Port’s convincing win over the Box Hill Hawks. A jumping castle and face painting signalled moves towards a more family-friendly club.

Delta Demolitions for Salvo Property Group has begun clearing the very large site at 60-82 Johnson St of the brick warehouse and other buildings. The site has a planning approval dating from 2015 for four towers with over 1000 apartments.

Around the corner, Half Acre, the recently-opened hospitality venue at 112 Munro St, is making people feel at home. Co-owner Adam Wright-Smith said: “It’s for everyone to do anything, any time. When the doors open, I am really saying ‘come into my home.’ I want people to feel comfortable, I want them to feel like we are friends and they are here for a catch-up.” (source: Habitus Living)

Nearby in Ingles St, MUSK architecture’s The Soap Factory is emerging as an antidote to the relentless townhouses at 164 Ingles St.

Across Woodruff St, the site at 222 Ingles St is for sale by expressions of interest, which closed on May 2. This sale is widely expected to provide an insight into the state of the market in Fishermans Bend at this point of 2019.

Wirraway

Third Street’s P.M. development on Prohasky/Plummer St emerges from every angle. The development, for which a permit was granted in 2016, will contain 536 apartments over three towers and eleven townhouses. 

Rootes deteriorates to that advanced point where demolition by neglect becomes a valid charge.

The Timber Yard on Plummer St, offering a huge and flexible hospitality space, is in full swing.

In Rocklea Drive, Cirrus Coffee with Australian Ecosystems and Biofilta have created a unique and compact urban farm on two car parking spaces which has produced an astounding 265 kgs of fresh produce since November 2018, or 132.5 kg per car space in less than six months!

Brendan Condon and colleagues harvest produce from the wicking beds

The service station on the corner of Salmon and Williamstown Road has been demolished subtracting a building that contributed to the story of the car industry centred around Salmon St.

Well, that’s a wrap for the first quarter.

 

Janet Bolitho

Port Places and the Fishermans Bend Development Board

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