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

Regarding Dandenong

Quest Serviced Apartments Development in CBD

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Proposed Serviced Apartments

Places Victoria has negotiated a deal with the Pellicano group to build a 6 storey serviced apartments building (with 55 apartments) on one of the sites in the redevelopment area (Financial Review (PayWall); Urban Melbourne). The development is worth $18 million and will be managed by Quest. It will also include commercial and retail space, presumably all on the ground floor.

No details on which site will host the building, but given the request for expressions of interest from last year, I suspect it will be on what Places Victoria calls Site 4, which is just behind the Masonic hall (bounded by Mason, Walker and Robinson Streets). If it is Site 4, then the image suggests reasonable activation along Walker Street and Mason Street, but the Robinson Street side (across from the ATO building) seems as though it may end up empty. That would make this part of Robinson Street very quiet, as it will only play host to this side of the serviced apartments, the inactive PEP, and the mostly inactive side of the ATO building (aside from the ATO entrance). I would not have thought this wise, being directly north of Settlers Square, but I could be wrong. In any case, we'll have to wait until more details emerge to know what the case is for sure.

Construction will start later this year and it is expected to be complete by late 2015, so the timeline is almost identical to that for the ATO building. Again, this adds to the very positive movement in Dandenong this year, with the new municipal buildings opening very shortly, Mosaic powering along, ground works on the ATO building starting soon and now these serviced apartments joining the mix of developments. (Meanwhile, works on City Rise were meant to begin back in December, but the site has been quiet so far).

19/3 Update: More info can now be found at the Dandenong Leader.