CBD from the creek trail south of Meridian. April 6, 2015.

Regarding Dandenong

Urban Melbourne's Summary of the RCD Project

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Urban Melbourne has a great article summarising the progress of the Revitalising Central Dandenong project (with pictures), including a re-cap of present and future projects, as well as some of the projects that failed to go ahead.

Last week project partners celebrated the official start to works for Dandenong's new ATO complex, which spearheads an increased level of development in Melbourne's 'second city'. At the on-site ceremony EPC Pacific Chief Executive Patrick Smith stated “This development is achieving the vision of the Revitalising Central Dandenong project by bringing people back to Dandenong’s heart in new offices that will provide a brilliant work environment with a great atmosphere.”

With the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative conceived in 2005, Dandenong's urban renewal to date has been a stop start affair with government's (federal, state and local) providing the initial investment and tenant impetus. Coupled with increased and more efficient transport links, only now is central Dandenong beginning to bare sustained results by way of private investment.

It also includes a few new pieces of information:

  • Baracon has updated the proposal for 219 Thomas Street (also known as Spectra). The design has been updated (with more curves and a subtle rainbow colour theme --- hence the name, I assume), and it's now moved up to 18 levels (from 17 before).
  • Alfasi's Heart project has been converted to commercial offices, and will proceed to construction pending a commercial tenant signing on. This is a little disappointing, as their previous proposal included 191 apartments, which would have added a lot of life to the centre of Dandenong. (Obviously, that's just not feasible yet.) The building is still beautiful, though. Now 10 levels, down from 12, but I'd expect it to be roughly the same height as before.
  • 124-128 Foster Street will be an apartment-hotel development. (Previously just apartments, I believe.) Still 8 stories.

The article also mentions that City Rise (27 Scott Street) is nearing the starting mark, but recent silence has made me wonder whether that's actually the case.