Jinding Developments has broken ground on a $180 million masterplanned community outside Geelong.
The 659-lot project, at 2 Harriott Road in Armstrong Creek—10 kilometres from the Geelong CBD—will be delivered in partnership with Perth-based developer Yolk Property Group and landowners the Harkness family.
Bitu-mill has been appointed to undertake civil works on stage 1 and 2 of the project, dubbed Harriott Estate, with the first 81 blocks slated for delivery by mid-next year.
The initial stages will also include the first portion of a linear reserve spanning the length of the community, with future amenities to include 140 hectares of public open space, including parklands and sporting facilities.
The City of Greater Geelong recently commenced $4 million upgrade works on the adjoining Sparrovale Wetlands, a 500-hectare nature reserve.
Ranging in size from 221sq m to more than 550sq m, house lots will be priced from $180,000 up to $314,000.
Jinding Developments managing director Liz Ronson said turning the first sod on the project marked an exciting milestone.
“The appetite from the local community so far is a testament to the compelling urban design of Harriott, along with the fantastic amenity and natural environment which surround the development.”
On behalf of the landowners, Travis Harkness said the Harkness family is pleased to begin this new chapter.
“We’ve worked closely with Jinding and Yolk to ensure that the Harriott development will provide a legacy we can all be proud of.”
Launched prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, in October last year, the project was initially pitched during a period of strong population and economic growth for Geelong, and designed meet the future needs of the area.
Jinding Developments, a division of Jinding Australia, has a project pipeline worth $1.5bn, consisting of 4,000 residential lots across Victoria.
Other projects include a 57-hectare residential community, The Patch, in the suburb of Wollert, and Octave, a 29-hectare estate in Junction Village.