The City of Melbourne is exploring the opportunity to convert a Council-owned site in North Melbourne into affordable housing and is embarking on a six week engagement program with the local community.
Council is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing across the city. In late 2020, during engagement on our Affordable Housing Strategy 2030, 95 per cent of respondents supported City of Melbourne’s priority in delivering long-term affordable rental housing on council-owned land within the next five years. The city currently has a shortfall of at least 5,500 affordable rental homes and if we do nothing this will quadruple to more than 23,000 by 2036. It’s really important that we support affordable rental housing projects to provide more equal access to affordable homes locally.
The site we are investigating for an affordable housing project is 44-60 Curzon Street, North Melbourne and it’s currently being used as a car park. We’d like to explore and understand how this car park is currently used and how repurposing this land could affect our local community.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy and committed to finding a suitable site for a pilot project
Timeline item 2 - complete
Council undertook a review of Council owned land that might be suitable for an affordable housing project
Timeline item 3 - complete
Council conducted a desktop planning and policy review and commissioned a preliminary car parking utilisation study to assess the whether the site could be used for an affordable housing project
Timeline item 4 - complete
4 April to 15 May 2022
Timeline item 5 - active
Take a recommendation about the suitability of the Curzon Street site for an affordable housing project to Council