The City of Melbourne is proposing to lease two Council-owned sites in North and West Melbourne for affordable housing and we want your feedback.

Every Melburnian deserves a safe place to call home and projects like these will increase the supply of affordable housing in the City of Melbourne.

Council committed to leasing Council-owned sites in our Affordable Housing Strategy 2020-2030, and these sites at Curzon and Victoria streets have been identified as preferred locations.

While both sites are currently being used as public car parks, a parking analysis has shown sufficient parking is available nearby with 4,200 unoccupied parking spaces available in the broader North Melbourne West Melbourne area.

The city has a shortfall of at least 6000 affordable rental homes and if we do nothing this will quadruple to more than 23,000 by 2036.

Affordable housing helps support people on low incomes by providing high-quality housing at below the market rate – enhancing liveability in our city, the diversity of our community and the productivity of our economy.

Locations proposed

  • 44 – 60 Curzon Street, North Melbourne
  • 325 – 341 Victoria Street, West Melbourne

Have your say

Share your thoughts on this proposal by 30 May 2024:

  • complete an online survey
  • register for an online information session
  • attend a drop-in session at the North Melbourne Library


Drop in sessions

Tuesday 14 May, 6.00pm to 8.00pm: North Melbourne Library, Hotham Room

Thursday 23 May, 7.00pm to 9.00pm: North Melbourne Library, Hotham Room

Monday 27 May, 5.30pm to 7.00pm: North Melbourne Library, Hotham Room (this session is targeted towards traders and small business owners, but all are welcome to attend)

To ensure we have a suitable venue, please register to attend.

Online sessions

Wednesday 15 May, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Tuesday 21 May, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

A link with details of the online session will be sent to your email address after you register to attend.

Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy and committed to finding a suitable site for a pilot project

    Late 2020

    Learn more

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Council undertook a review of Council-owned land that might be suitable for an affordable housing project

    2021

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Desktop planning, policy review and preliminary car parking utilisation study to assess site suitability for an affordable housing project

    Early 2022

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Community Engagement to inform early investigations at Curzon Street site

    4 April to 15 May 2022

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Additional site investigations for Curzon Street and Victoria Street sites

    Mid 2023

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Council endorses community consultation on opportunities for Curzon Street and Victoria Street sites for affordable housing

    30 April 2024

  • Timeline item 7 - active

    Community consultation on proposal to lease these sites for the purpose of affordable housing

    May 2024

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Council decision on whether to lease these sites for the purpose of affordable housing

    June 2024

  • Timeline item 9 - incomplete

    Process to select Affordable Housing provider to develop and manage sites (pending Council decision)

    To be determined later in 2024

  • Timeline item 10 - incomplete

    Planning Permit Application

    To be determined later in 2024 - 2025

Information session dates and times

Tuesday 14 May from 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Drop in session

Attend anytime between 6.00 - 8.00pm, Hotham Room, North Melbourne Library at 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne. Register now.

Wednesday 15 May from 6pm to 8pm

Online Session - register to attend

A Zoom link will be shared upon registration. Register now.

Tuesday 21 May from 6pm to 8pm

Online session - register to attend

A Zoom link will be shared upon registration. Register now.

Thursday 23 May from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

​Drop-In Session

Attend anytime between 7.00pm - 8.00pm, Hotham Room, North Melbourne Library at 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne. Register now.

Contact us

Have questions or want to learn more about the project? Call 9658 9658

Community consultation 2022

Feedback we heard on Investigating Affordable Housing at Curzon Street.

Project overview

Learn more about the Affordable Housing project.

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