The Edward Millen Adaptive Heritage and Landscape Redevelopment project is an iconic project of $20+million being delivered for the Town of Victoria Park. The project aims to realise the full potential of the heritage-listed buildings and the expansive 4.7 hectare Edward Millen Reserve to minimise the on-going cost to maintain the precinct and maximise the benefit to the community of the amazing heritage assets there.
The buildings include the Rotunda Hospital, the Mildred Creak Centre, Hillview Clinic, a former operating theatre, and a boiler room. These buildings are to undergo significant repairs and redevelopment by Blackoak Venture Capital for an innovative, adaptive heritage redevelopment of the precinct. The buildings maintain a prominent and elevated location set back from Albany Highway within historically significant grounds.
Heritage buildings have an important and critical place in the locations they occupy, from an architectural perspective but equally the significance of use they had within the community. The heritage conservation requirements of the buildings and the reserve have varying degrees of significance. Approvals have been sought for the Heritage elements to meet the obligations under the Town of Victoria Park’s agreement with the Department of Planning, Land and Heritage.
Until recently only civic and community uses were allowed within the buildings due to State Government conditions imposed on the precinct. These conditions meant that the Town has been unable to deliver beneficial and sustainable outcomes and redevelopment which the community would benefit from and expects. With the community engagement process complete and the change of land use now approved by the State Government, a variety of commercial type uses can now be delivered, whilst maintaining strong community and cultural benefits.
The Town has completed a full expression of interest process and is finalising all the preparatory elements to formalise the agreement endorsed in May 2021 by Town of Victoria Park. The project has a mixture of private, local government, State and Federal funding, with Blackoak Capital Ventures the preferred future tenant for a lease of the site.
The site will become a precinct with sophisticated dining and entertainment opportunities in a heritage setting similar to other iconic developments such as the successful State Treasury precinct in the CBD.
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