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Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne

Project update

Homes Victoria is delivering new social and market homes at the Abbotsford Street housing site in North Melbourne to give more Victorians a safe and secure place to call home.

Located just 1km of Melbourne’s city centre, the site is ideally positioned near transport, community services, jobs and shopping precincts.

The Abbotsford Street redevelopment will replace 112 social homes that were no longer fit for purpose, with approximately 300 new homes, including 127 social homes and 167 market homes, delivering a 13 per cent increase in social housing.

Homes Victoria has partnered with MAB, and experienced community housing provider, HousingFirst to deliver the project. Once construction is complete, the new social homes will be managed by HousingFirst, who will deliver supportive tenancy management and maintenance services at the site over a 20-year period.

The supply of new housing at the site will help to tackle housing affordability and provide more safe and secure accommodation for people who need it.

About the project

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The project is located on Homes Victoria land on Abbotsford Street and Haines Street North Melbourne.

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The redevelopment will deliver approximately 300 new homes, including 127 social homes and 167 market homes with a mix of 1-, 2-, 3- and 4- bedrooms.

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New homes will be more comfortable and less expensive to heat and cool with a 5 star Green Star Rating, and 7 star NatHERS average rating.

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New green open spaces and a landscaped courtyard will be delivered as part of the project.

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The Abbotsford Street, housing redevelopment will deliver a new community room.

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There will be better pedestrian access and connections through the site and to surrounding neighbourhoods.

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  • Development plan and planning permit approved

    June 2021

  • Construction of social and market housing commenced

    Early 2022

  • Completion of social homes

    Mid 2024 

  • Completion of market homes


Community engagement

Community engagement is an important element of the project at Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne.

Homes Victoria previously established a Community Consultative Committee that brought together members of the community to help plan the future of the project.

As this project is nearing completion, the Community Consultative Committee has closed.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our dedicated Committee members who have been involved in the North Melbourne Community Consultative Committee over a number of years.

We also extend our thanks to the wider community in North Melbourne for their understanding as we complete this important housing project.

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