AN industrial “eyesore” will be wiped from Yarraville with the construction of a $1 billion residential development that will include land for a much-needed secondary college – if the state government wants to build it.
As reported last week in the Weekly, developers DeGroup plan to turn the 26-hectare Bradmill textiles site into a $1billion, 1000-home residential estate.
The government last week signed off on rezoning the unused industrial site.
DeGroup director Paul De Lutis told the Weekly the site would include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes built in a combination of apartments and townhouses.
A 2.4-hectare parcel of land would be set aside for a secondary school, but it would be left to the government to fund its construction.
“There’s six acres [2.5 hectares] potentially available for a school. A secondary college would be good; it’s what the community needs,” Mr DeLutis said.
He also wants to see the Newport goods rail line converted to a metropolitan spur with a “Bradmill” station.
Mr De Lutis said plans for the site were well advanced and work could start this year. He revealed the site – three lots bounded by Francis Street, McIvor Reserve, the West Gate Freeway and the Newport goods rail line – was destined to become a shipping container storage park until about two years ago.
Instead, the new plans will mean relocating two busy container parks and reducing truck traffic on Francis Street.
But it remains to be seen if the government will commit to dedicated truck routes to bypass residential housing in Yarraville.
“Five years ago, high- and medium-density housing development wasn’t being considered,” Mr De Lutis said.
Working group SKY High has been lobbying for a new secondary college in the area.
Spokeswoman Janine Lloyd said the Bradmill site was one of several possible sites in the Seddon, Kingsville, Yarraville area.
“[The] 2.5-hectare [within the] Bradmill site, along with the McIvor reserve playing fields adjacent, makes Bradmill a great option in terms of playing space for secondary school-aged children.”
Education Minister Martin Dixon did not respond to questions about the site before the Weekly went to print.