Thousands of new apartments placing pressure on city’s north (Melbourne)

Article originally published by The Age 6 April 2015 by Clay Lucas, City Editor

Bruce Echberg bought into the CBD in the first wave of apartment development in Melbourne, in the early days of Melbourne City Council’s Postcode 3000 program – designed to bring residential living to the central city.

Now, in a rich irony, Mr Echberg – a city architect and urban designer – and his co-owners in their modest four-level office and apartment tower have found themselves at the epicentre of the biggest and most rapid skyscraper-building frenzy Melbourne has seen.

… Melbourne City Council has acknowledged the rapid growth in the area, noting in its City North structure plan there were 12,000 new households built or expected around the Queen Victoria Market precinct.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said there was no problem with the proliferation of apartments in the area – quite the reverse.

“I am pretty comfortable with the rate of increase there at the moment,” said Cr Doyle, stressing that the huge growth in population meant there was urgency to construction of infrastructure like the proposed Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, and the upgrading of trams running on Elizabeth Street.

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