New Victorian Property Development May Be Added To Joseph Road Precinct


Word has broken out about a new Victorian property development – a high-rise residential project that has been proposed to Council and could square away the final major land allotment for Joseph Road Precinct in Victoria’s Footscray.

The development is called 2 Neilson Place, and its development application, currently with Maribyrnong City Council, is being directed by FJP Pty Ltd, while Architecton is responsible for the project’s design.

Footscray’s 2 Neilson Place is currently occupied by two vacant ex-industrial buildings and located on the north-west corner of Maribyrnong Street and Neilson Place.


Residential project overview
2 Neilson Place is a multi-residential development that would comprise of four residential towers over a common 3 - 5 storey mixed use podium and four residential towers above. The development will accommodate a total of 577 dwellings, which is a mix of 230 one-bed, 274 two-bed and 73 three-bed apartments.

Also included in the proposal is 6,501 square metres of communal space (internal and external spaces at the podium and rooftop levels), 290 square metres of food and drink space, 456 square metres of office space and associated on-site car parking.

The plans also allows for generous areas of communal spaces which are included on the podium level and the rooftops. The podium level will provide open space areas comprising of garden beds, informal seating areas, kids water play area and grassed areas, while the rooftops will include courtyards with informal seating and landscaped areas and internal multi-purpose areas.

According to this Victorian property development proposal, the project will be built in stages and would likely require two years to commence works and a further five years to complete.

2 Neilson Place’s development application says it will contribute positively to the evolving character and social infrastructure of the Joseph Road Precinct.


“The proposed development will provide generous communal facilities which will help see Council’s vision for a range of communal infrastructure to meet the present and future demands of the community.”

The developers aim to sell Maribyrnong City Council on the project by ensuring it meets the standards and objectives set by the Maribyrnong Planning Scheme, which “seeks vibrant, mixed use urban renewal for the precinct”.

Specifically, 2 Neilson Place would:

  • Create a varied skyline with appropriate heights for its towers
  • Provide communal facilities including indoor pool and gym, indoor shared kitchen, dining and multipurpose areas
  • Create a high-quality landscape design
  • Caters for active transport modes with the provision of adequate, accessible and secure bicycle parking
  • Provide an attractive, comfortable and well serviced urban living option for future residents.

Joseph Road Precinct
Joseph Road Precinct is going through substantial change. So much so that if 2 Neilson Place were to take up residence, it would be snatching up the precinct's last significant land holding which has not yet been granted approval for a multi-level, mixed use development.

Joseph Road Precinct was at one point considered underutilised, as it once acted as a hub for vessels to transport trade goods and merchandise due to its proximity to the Maribyrnong River. It resembled more of a destination for light industrial warehousing uses, until the recent spike in approvals for construction of several large scale developments.

The proposal revealed 2 Neilson Place would likely accompany a number of new Joseph Road Precinct developments:

  • 2 Hopkins Street – 4 towers ranging from 16 to 28 storeys containing 751 apartments, 926m2 of retail space and 255 square metres for food and beverage.
  • 10 Moreland Street – 226 storey mixed use building over a podium with 210 apartments, 415m2 of retail space and a 145m2 café.
  • 18 Hopkins Street – 5 towers over a podium ranging between 17 to 32 storeys containing 972 apartments and approximately 9,548m2 of retail space. Also known as the Riverina development.
  • 8 Hopkins – 6 towers over a podium containing 939 apartments and 3259m2 of retail space.
  • 4 Neilson Place - 15 storey mixed use development with 135 apartments.
  • 1 Warde Street – 24 and 25 storey towers with 299 apartments, 956m2 of retail space and a 84m2 café.

Images: Artist impressions and courtesy of Architecton.

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