Park aspirations dashed and replaced with high rise application

December 4, 2017 by  

A Footscray parcel of land which had been the focus of a push by residents for the establishment of a park is now being considered for an apartment building.

The plans, complete with a graphic design of the proposed 10-storey development were recently submitted to Maribyrnong Council by residential development company the Keystone Property Group.

The project is to include four retail stores and 121 apartments.

The site, which covers 2,736 square metres, became the property of the Victoria government as part of the Regional Rail Link construction. It was then sold for almost $5m to Keystone.

The Rail Link project saw an estimated 80 businesses and homes in and around Buckley Street bulldozed.

A $5.5m price tag for Maribyrnong Council to buy the land at 94-104 Buckley Street for use as public open space failed to gain agreement.

In the latest development application by Keystone, the site has been described in an accompanying town planning report as:

“…an ideal candidate for the purpose of infill development."

The report continues:

“It is a site, which by virtue of its size and configuration presents a unique opportunity for a development of significant scale and intensity."

In other development news, two other sites in Buckley Street have also recently been acquired by a developer and an investor, respectively.