Next month, construction will begin to build an exciting new community housing complex on the site of what is currently the Marlborough Street public carpark behind Balaclava Station and Las Chicas café.
The development is a partnership between Council, the Victorian Government and HousingFirst which will build 46 affordable housing apartments, close to shops and public transport.
During construction, the Marlborough Street carpark will be completely closed and operating as a construction site. Other public carparks nearby will continue to be available during this period.
Construction is expected to run for approximately 18 months. Once the housing has been built, a public carpark will again be available on this site, in the basement of the building. The carpark will incorporate environmental design factors and provide good lighting and access.
This project has been funded under the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works Package announced in July 2020 which includes nearly $500 million for public and community housing initiatives to boost the economy and create thousands of jobs across the state.
Council is committed to supporting the development of affordable housing in Port Phillip, as detailed in the In Our Backyard Strategy – Growing Affordable Housing in Port Phillip 2015-25.