Carlton Housing Redevelopment

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One of three new apartment buildings in Stage 2 providing 50 public housing homes.

Drummond StThe Carlton Housing Redevelopment is an urban renewal and community development project that provides housing and community facilities for the entire Carlton community.

The redevelopment will result in:

  • 246 new public housing apartments to replace
    192 old units
  • approximately 800 apartments for private sale
  • a community wellbeing precinct that provides:
    - aged care living
    - rehabilitation services
    - child care
    - a range of complimentary services for use by the broader Carlton community.

Development stages

The redevelopment is being built over nine stages:

  • Stages 1 to 3 are a mixed public and private housing development
  • Stage 5 is the Australian Unity Aged Care and Wellbeing Centre
  • Stages 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are private housing.

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Development site

There are three sites (see image above) totalling 7.5 hectares being redeveloped as part of the Carlton Housing Redevelopment:

  • Lygon and Rathdowne Streets site: yellow
  • Keppel and Cardigan Streets site: blue
  • Elgin and Nicholson Streets site: green.

Project progress

One of three new apartment buildings in Stage 2 providing 50 public housing homes.

The mixed public and private housing stages of the development

  • Stage 1 on the Lygon/Rathdowne Streets site was completed in June 2011 and consists of 84 new public housing and 90 private apartments
  • Stage 2 on the Keppel/Cardigan Streets site was completed in September 2012 and consists of 50 public housing and 98 private apartments
  • Stage 3 on the Elgin/Nicholson Streets site was completed in April 2014 and consists of 120 private apartments alongside 112 public apartments
  • Stage 5a, the Australian Unity Aged Care centre and Wellbeing Centre was completed in April 2014
  • Stage 5b, the Australian Unity Independent Living units consisting of 181 units, commenced construction in 2015.
  • Stages 4 and 8 on the Keppel/Cardigan Streets site consisting of 102 private units was completed in Dec 2015.
  • Stage 6 on the Lygon/Rathdowne Streets site consisting of 143 private units was completed in March 2017.
  • Stage 9 on the Lygon/Rathdowne Streets site consisting of 110 private units was completed in Dec 2014.
  • Stage 7 on the Elgin/Nicholson Streets site consisting of 183 private units will commence construction in late 2017.

Image caption: One of three new apartment buildings in Stage 2 providing 50 public housing homes.

Upgrades and improvements

The Carlton Housing Redevelopment also involved upgrades to existing buildings and new and improved community facilities. These improvements have revitalised the environment for the local community and made the former estates a seamless part of Carlton.

Foyer upgrade

In 2013, the foyer at 478 Drummond Street was renovated with:

  • air-conditioned meeting rooms
  • men’s and women’s toilets
  • a new bike shelter storing 54 bikes built in the undercroft.

Gardens/open space

  • A new community garden was built adjacent to the 480 Drummond Street tower for residents on the Lygon/Rathdowne site
  • A new two hectare village green was created between the towers at 478 Drummond Street and 510 Lygon Street, providing new open space for community enjoyment and recreation.

Seating and pathways

  • Improved seating was installed across the site giving the community shaded and sunny areas for year-round enjoyment
  • Pedestrian and bike paths are being used linking North Carlton to the city and breaking down barriers.

Safety and security

  • Concealed spaces and large clumped growth have been removed to increase community safety and security
  • New lighting has reduced dark areas further increasing community safety.

New village green between the 510 Lygon and 480 Drummond Street towers with children's playground, new bike paths and shaded and sunny seating areas.Recreation and play areas

  • An all-weather children’s playground was built in the undercroft of the 510 Lygon Street tower for use year-round
  • Another outdoor playground was built at the foot of the 510 Lygon Street tower with specific play equipment for children 0-5 years and for those 5-12 years.

Image caption: The village green between the 510 Lygon and 480 Drummond Street towers with children’s playground, bike paths and shaded and sunny seating areas.

Working with private industry

The Carlton housing redevelopment is a joint project between:

  • The Victorian Government Department of Human Services
  • Residential and commercial developer, Frasers (formerly Australand)
  • Property development company, Citta Property Group
  • Healthcare, financial services and retirement living organisation, Australian Unity.

Frasers and Citta Property Group have been developing the public and private housing under the department's project management. Australian Unity is building the Australian Unity Wellbeing Centre.

Different parts of the redevelopment are being designed by the following architecture practices:

  • Jackson Architecture
  • Fender Katsalidis
  • Jackson Clements Burrows
  • Ashton Raggatt McDougall.

  The new stage 3 apartments have new landscaped gardens and two different play areas for children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image caption: The Stage 3 apartments have new landscaped gardens and two different play areas for children.

Aged care, retirement and wellbeing in the inner city

Community, health and aged services are priorities for Carlton in the next ten years. The area is well located for older people and close to transport and a range of health and community services.

In Australia the demand for aged care services and housing is expected to grow.

By 2036 it is estimated that there will be 910,000 more Victorians aged 65 and over than there were in 2006.

As part of the redevelopment, Australian Unity has developed a 168 bed aged care centre and wellbeing centre that opened in May 2014.

The wellbeing centre has:

  • hydrotherapy pools
  • a seniors gym
  • a pharmacy
  • a cafe
  • medical suites.

Australian Unity is also developing 181 independent living units which will be built over two buildings as stage 5b. Construction commenced in 2015.

Connecting local people to jobs, training and opportunity

The redevelopment is connecting local people with education, training and jobs.

The department’s Public Tenant Employment Program (PTEP) has developed a local employment strategy, which brings together HACER and TAFE providers to offer training and employment opportunities. The redevelopment has provided six jobs for local public housing residents.

The Victorian State Government has funded the establishment of five work and learning centres across the state. The Carlton Work and Learning Centre is one of those five and is located at the Church of All Nations in Palmerston Street, Carlton. The centre assists public housing residents with employment preparation, access to training and job searching support.

Contact information

Carlton Redevelopment
Carlton.Redevelopment@dhs.vic.gov.au

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