Former Hospital Site Set For Renewal

Former Hospital Site Set For Renewal

Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy

Minister Unveils Urban Renewal Precinct In Melbourne’s North

Victor P Taffa

Planning Minister Matthew Guy today toured the former Larundel Hospital site in Bundoora to mark the start of construction of a major mixed-use precinct on 10.6 ha, a significant urban renewal site.

Mr Guy said the site would provide more than 500 apartment and townhouse dwellings as well as nearly 12,000 square metres of retail and commercial space.

“This is an ideal site for urban renewal, only 16 km from Melbourne city, well-served by public transport and close to La Trobe University and Bundoora Park.” Mr. Guy said.

“The former hospital buildings will be retained for their local heritage value and re-used as part of the project.”

The Government purchased the Larundel Hospital site in the late 1990’s after it closed.

 

Since 2004, VicUrban has developed much of the 26 ha site, supplying infrastructure to assist local builders to provide for 200 homes on approximately 16 ha.

In June this year, Deal Corp bought the remaining 10 ha of the site for the development of a mixed use precinct including a local activity centre combining retail, service and commercial activities with a wide variety of medium density housing options.

“Over the next seven years the development will see a new community complete with local services and amenities that will also serve the surrounding neighbourhood.” Mr. Guy said.

Mr. Guy’s fellow MLC for Northern Metropolitan Region Craig Ondarchie said the development would provide an increased diversity of affordable housing supply in Melbourne’s north while restoring and celebrating the local heritage.