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Project update

Homes Victoria is delivering new social and affordable housing to give more Victorians a safe a secure place to call home.

Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne is located to Melbourne’s north, just a few kilometres from the city centre.

The redevelopment of the site will replace 112 social homes that are not compliant with current design standards with approximately 300 new homes, including 133 social homes and 167 market homes.

The site will deliver a 18% increase in social housing and First Home Buyers will be given priority access to purchase a new market home.

The supply of new housing at the site will help tackle the growing problem of housing affordability in Victoria.

What you need to know

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The project is located on Homes Victoria land at Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne.

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City of Melbourne

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The development at Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne will create 1,260 jobs.

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The development will include 5% of Disability Discrimination Act fully accessible homes.

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Key features

  • Less expensive to heat and cool with a 5-star Green Star rating and 7-star NatHERs average rating
  • Safe and accessible open and green spaces
  • Pathways connecting new homes to streets, footpaths and bike paths
  • At least 5% of new social housing homes will be easier to access for people with disabilities. Key accessibility features that have been incorporated into the design include, drop off areas, lifts and car parking. Accessible amenities can also be found inside the new homes in the kitchens, bathrooms and storage areas.

Community committee

The department has established a Community Committee for the renewal of the North Melbourne site. The Committee is Chaired by Sheena Watt MP. 

The committee brings together community members and representatives of local organisations to ensure effective communication throughout the site renewal. It enables ongoing and two-way feedback through participation with stakeholders and the community.

Members of the committee provide input and feedback on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters of concern as they arise. Committee members will communicate the progress of the redevelopment back to their communities to support the successful delivery of the project.  


  • June 2021

    Planning approval

  • July 2021

    Demolition complete

  • Late 2021

    Construction commences

  • Early 2024

    Completion of social housing

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For languages other than English, please call 131 450.

Latest news

The latest community newsletter has updates on the progress of this important redevelopment project in North Melbourne: