In Brief

The Merchant was the first social housing development at Docklands, which is one of the largest redevelopment areas in Australia. Docklands will account for 38 per cent of all inner city residential growth over the next two decades. It is estimated that Docklands will generate around 30,000 jobs. As many of these will continue to be in the hospitality, retail and service sectors, this would indicate that demand for affordable housing will rise commensurately.

A partnership project between:

• Department of (Health and) Human Services
• Housing Choices Australia
• Lend Lease Developments
• Victoria Property Fund
• VicUrban

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The eight-storey building includes 133 apartments and ground floor retail space, with more than a third of the apartments to be for low-to-medium income community housing residents.

The aim was to provide affordable housing for key workers who work in the city but cannot afford existing city accommodation.

Completed in December 2010, HCA retained 57 units of the three lower storeys of this development, filled with eligible applicants.

Lend Lease pre-sold 76 units to the private market before construction began and these occupy the upper four levels of the development.

The success of this project has enabled HCA to pursue other development opportunities in the Docklands precinct.

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