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Vic Govt to spend millions of dollars to improve Little India, Dandenong


MELBOURNE, 4 JULY. The Andrews Labor Government is calling for expressions of interest from developers to transform a significant site in Dandenong, as part of the Revitalising Central Dandenong urban renewal project.

The land, next to Dandenong Railway Station, presents an opportunity to create a vibrant mixed-use precinct, further enhancing the city’s reputation as a great place to live and work. It includes the Little India precinct, Melbourne’s longest-standing cluster of Indian culture and commerce. The redevelopment guidelines require the proponent to respect the cultural significance of Little India and ensure that new retail and hospitality spaces incorporate Indian cultural themes.

Development Victoria will work with the successful developer to ensure local traders and the wider community are consulted during the design process. Redevelopment of the 1.9-hectare site, bordered by Halpin Way, Cheltenham Road and Dandenong Railway Station, is expected to attract up to $100 million private sector investment in central Dandenong.

Subject to a developer being appointed in 2020, construction would start in 2023.

The Revitalising Central Dandenong project represents a $290 million investment by the Victorian Government which has enabled close to $700 million in private investment, creating and supporting jobs across the wider Dandenong region.

The project has improved pedestrian connections and safety on Lonsdale Street, provided new recreational facilities and delivered developments including the State Government Services Hub and Quest Apartments.

Development Victoria is responsible for delivering the project in collaboration with the City of Greater Dandenong.

The Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings said, “From the centre of Dandenong, the benefits of renewal will resonate throughout this vibrant and fast-developing community and we’re proud to be leading such an important initiative.”



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