Vic Market complex provides much needed housing

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A NEW $26.55 million social housing apartment complex adjoining the Queen Victoria Market has opened, as part of the further development at the Munro site.

The new complex which includes 48 one- and two-bedroom apartments was opened last Friday by the Minister for Housing Richard Wynne.

The project was built in a collaboration between the state government, the City of Melbourne and Housing Choices Victoria. The City of Melbourne provided the land for the project, while Housing Choices Victoria will both own and manage the complex.

“This exciting social housing development sits in the heart of Melbourne in a vibrant new precinct – providing safe and secure homes for people in need,” said Wynne.

The apartments will provide long term housing forVictorians who are disabled, aged over 55, currently houseless or having experienced domestic violence.

“Everyone deserves a roof over their head, close to the services and support they need – our record investment in social housing is delivering exactly that,” added Wynne.

While all the dwellings meet Better Apartments Design standards and at least a silver Liveable Housing Australia rating, six of the apartments were designed to a platinum level Liveable Housing Australia standard reflecting their liveability and adaptability for accommodating disabled residents.

Additionally, the apartments also achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating and an 8 Star NatHERS rating, with the spaces designed with climate control in mind and allowing renters to save on energy bills over both the summer and winter months.

In delivering the state government funded apartment complex, the development generated 176 jobs, while also charging the state’s economic recovery from the global pandemic.

The project at the Munroe site will see a further 1,800sqm of retail and hospitality space delivered, adjoining the Queen Victoria Market, with the development including a new community hub, set to be Melbourne’s most expansive.

“These social housing homes are excellently located within the Munro site on the door step of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market,” said Sally Capp, lord mayor of Melbourne.

Beyond this development, the state government has also committed $5.3 billion to housing in the country’s largest ever single investment into social and affordable housing.

This Big Housing Build investment will see more than 12,000 homes delivered and around 10,000 jobs created annually over the four year program, with the first allocation of funds made towards 2,352 new social homes in September.

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