Footscray Activities Area
Footscray is one of the key activities areas located within metropolitan Melbourne.
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Footscray is a key activities area for western Melbourne, which is projected to grow by 21,0001 people over the next decade.
State Government activities in Footscray Activities Area aim to:
- Attract new employers, workers, residents, students and visitors to central Footscray to increase vibrancy and activity
- Create market conditions to help make development more feasible in Footscray Activities Area, build market confidence and catalyse further private investment
- Unlock land value by developing surplus vacant government land in Footscray Activities Area
- Improve connections between the station precinct in the heart of the Footscray Activities Area and the adjacent civic precinct, Victoria University and the core retail area.
The vision for Footscray was developed by Maribyrnong City Council and the Victorian government in consultation with the community:
Footscray of 2030 is safe, artsy, edgy, affordable, regional, diverse/mixed and multicultural.
Investment is already happening in Footscray. The Victorian Government and Maribyrnong City Council are aiming to attract the private sector to further invest to help better service the regional and local communities to attract people to the area to live, work, learn and socialise.
It is envisaged that the Footscray of 2030 will have more employment, more diverse housing, more education, improved transport access and a rich array of retail and entertainment activities, particularly at night.
The Footscray is Changing information flyer below provides a snapshot of how DPCD and Maribrynong City Council are committed to building a reinvigorated Footscray.
Footscray Activities Area will play an important role as a focus for future employment growth, commercial development and housing as part of Melbourne’s future growth towards the west and the north.
Government is working with the private sector to investigate opportunities to develop surplus government land in the Footscray Station Precinct to deliver much-needed housing, employment, activities and services.
Regional Rail Link
The Regional Rail Link (RRL) project will transform Footscray Station into a modern transport interchange with enhanced capacity for regional and suburban commuters.
For more information on the RRL project, visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/projects/pt/rrl.
McNab Avenue will be a landmark new $350 million development in the heart of Footscray. It will become a vibrant new community, incorporating an array of residential and commercial development, shared community spaces, cafes and facilities. McNab Avenue will showcase sophisticated architectural design and sustainable living in a modern inner city development.
The Victorian Government has appointed developer Grocon to deliver this exciting new development by 2014.
Features of McNab Avenue
- 1.3 hectare site in the heart of the Footscray Activities Area.
- Construction of three multi-storey buildings, each individually designed by three prominent Melbourne based architectural firms.
- Sustainable design with a 5 Star Green Star rating.
- The first stage of One McNab Avenue incorporates a 14 storey commercial office.
- Office space will be tenanted by State Government Authorities and departments.
- Accommodation of 1200 employees.
- William Cooper Footbridge - Construction of a new six metre wide footbridge to cater for existing and future pedestrian flow.
- Nicholson Street Mall upgrade
- Maddern Square upgrade
- Streetscape and connectivity improvements - New tram platform, improved pedestrian access and landscaping on Leeds Street.
- Napier Street realignment - To enable land development.
- Closed circuit television system - 31 cameras activated across 16 locations to improve safety in public spaces.
1. Source: Maribyrnong ID Consulting research study, 2011