By Lyn Drummond
27 July 2011 – Burbank hopes to achieve a 7-star House Energy Rating for its high density apartment building within Victoria’s revitalised Dandenong project, 30 kilometres west of Melbourne.
Work will begin by mid 2012 on the $300 million, high density development.
It will comprise more than 800 mostly one and two bedroom apartments as well as retail and office space on three development sites at Dandenong’s Metro Village 3175 estate.
Burbank has designed and built up to 80 per cent of the current building stock within Metro Village.
Managing director Jarrod Sanfilippo said: “Stage one, designed by Peddle Thorp Architects is due to be launched to the market in August/September this year.
“This will offer over 200 apartments starting from $265,000 for a one bedroom apartment, and will include 450 square metres of retail space on the ground floor and 300 sq m of office space that will house Burbank’s south east regional office.”
Appealing to both first home buyers and the investor market, Burbank’s Metro apartments will offer double glazed windows, stone kitchen bench tops, laminated timber flooring and European style appliances.
Burbank won the “Affordable Development” category in the 2009 Urban Development Institute of Australia Awards for Excellence for its work on Metro Village 3175.
Revitalising Central Dandenong is a VicUrban initiative aimed at transforming Dandenong into an attractive destination for the residential market.
The $290 million investment over 15-20 years has so far undergone a $26m redevelopment.
The Drum Theatre has been restored to the cultural heart of Dandenong and the picturesque area’s popular food has been showcased as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, including food and cultural tours.