A development partnership between the City of Melbourne and PDG Corporation to deliver more affordable housing and community facilities has been approved by the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the redevelopment of the former J H Boyd Girl’s School site would deliver community facilities, affordable housing in the heart of Southbank and create 500 construction jobs.
“I am delighted that the Victorian Government has approved a planning permit for the Boyd Village development which will include 40 affordable housing units and 920 square metres of community facilities to be managed by the City of Melbourne,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This major project has taken several years to get to this point and we’re looking forward to work starting and having hundreds of tradies on site building better facilities for our community. These new facilities will allow for the expansion of the City of Melbourne’s existing services at the much-loved Boyd Community Hub.
“We understand the importance of construction to our local economy and that’s why we are supporting projects that deliver work opportunities for all tradies from concreters to sparkies to glaziers and many others.”
Deputy Mayor and Planning Portfolio lead Nicholas Reece said the project showed what could be achieved when local government and private investors work together to build a better community.
“Southbank needs more community facilities and this project will also help to reduce the shortage of affordable homes within the City of Melbourne,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said.
“This shows what can be achieved by working together collaboratively with the private sector to deliver great outcomes for our community – while also creating local jobs and stimulating our economic recovery.”
The City of Melbourne is already collaborating with PDG Corporation on the Munro development, adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market, which includes affordable housing, community facilities and retail that will complement the market.
Boyd Village will be a vibrant mixed-use vertical village that incorporates residential living and community facilities in a sustainable urban design by DKO Architecture. Construction is expected to get underway between late 2021 to early 2022.
The development will deliver a mix of high-quality residential apartments, affordable rental units and retail or co-working amenities on the ground floor.
“The approval of Boyd Village is a testament to our nuanced understanding of the local area and its residents. Our work has always been about the people and communities we serve – Boyd Village is an extension of this vision,” said Vince Giuliano, Managing Director of PDG.
PDG is one of the leading building development companies in Australia.