Media Releases 2011
North Fitzroy Hub finds a home on St Georges Road
21 April 2011
The proposed North Fitzroy Community Hub has secured a home on St Georges Road, enabling the next stage of planning to begin on the $13.2 million project.
On Thursday 21 April, Council became the official owner of the former service station site and adjacent house at 182-186 St Georges Road after completing the legal steps in the compulsory acquisition process.
Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke said Council would be offering the land’s owners fair market value for the 940m2 triangle-shaped parcel of land.
Council intends to construct a community hub on the site, incorporating a new library, maternal and child health services and a multicultural centre.
Cr Clarke said a significant milestone had been reached on a project that North Fitzroy residents had spent years campaigning for.
“We now have a base from which we can begin turning the community’s long-held dream into a reality,” she said.
“The site we have acquired is in the heart of North Fitzroy and is the ideal place to provide a range of important services.
“Council has had some initial discussions with members of the local community about how the building should look and function.
“Now we can begin the detailed design work on a project which will set the bar high in terms of good design and environmental sustainability.”
Last month, Collingwood-based architects Whitefield, McQueen, Irwin and Alsop were appointed to manage the project, following a competitive tender process.
Council is establishing a Design Reference Group (DRG) to guide the detailed design phase in the months ahead, with nominations being sought from local community members for up to six community positions.
Nicholls Ward Councillors and Council officers will also sit on the DRG, which is expected to have four monthly meetings, beginning in May.
The DRG will consider how the proposed design responds to current and future community needs, and to urban design and heritage matters. Its recommendations will then be considered by Council.
Council is also expected to provide opportunities for the wider community to have a say on the proposed design in the second half of 2011, with construction of the hub expected to begin by late 2012.
For further information about this release, please contact Toby Walker, Senior Communications Officer, on 9205 5120 or at Toby.Walker@yarracity.vic.gov.au
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