Mirvac buying strategic site in hip Melbourne suburb of Brunswick
The site in Brunswick, which developer Mirvac is in the process of buying for a rumoured $25m-plus. Photo: Supplied

Mirvac buying strategic site in hip Melbourne suburb of Brunswick

Property developer Mirvac has quietly entered into an agreement to buy a spectacularly located industrial site in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick – considered one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods.

The 397-401 Albert Street parcel, six kilometres north of the CBD, covers more than 7000 square metres and is thought to be valued at more than $25 million, sources say.

A final purchase price won’t be disclosed until the transaction settles. Mirvac declined to comment about the deal, or about speculation that it might also be behind the purchase of the neighbouring factory, on 2323 square metres, which would add more than $8 million to its outlay.
The site that Mirvac is buying. Photo: Supplied The 7000-square-metre site that Mirvac is buying in Albert Street. Photo: Supplied

At present the Mirvac site, industrial properties near to it, and four dwellings – in total covering 1.7 hectares – are the subject of a rezoning application which, if approved, would allow for the construction of apartment buildings up to eight levels high.

Approved by Planning Panels Victoria on November 29, the application will now be reviewed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Any formal gazetting will come after the government department makes its final decision.

Clifton Park, Brunswick Park and Reaburn Reserve are adjacent the property to the north (the C-shaped Clifton Park extends to the east of the site, too).

Any multi-storey redevelopment of the land would capture postcard city views over Gilpin Park, across the road, to the south.

The Brunswick train station and Sydney Road retail strip, with its tram network, are less than a kilometre away.

The low-rise suburban pocket is also a short distance to Moonee Ponds, a major retail and activity centre currently undergoing a high-rise building boom.

Mirvac declined to comment about the Brunswick transaction until it was finalised.

There is industry speculation that the Sydney-based developer could also be behind the purchase of the neighbouring factory at 395 Albert Street, which hit the market last year and is now “under offer”. That 2323-square-metre site was expected to sell for more than $8 million, sources said.

The Planning Panels Victoria ”planning scheme amendment” proposes rezoning the addresses 395-429 Albert Street.

Last year the owner of a large retail store on Sydney Road announced a plan to build another Nightingale complex which will include 20 apartments over shops.

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