The MPA is working with Moonee Valley City Council and the management of Essendon Fields to prepare a framework plan for the development of an exciting aviation and employment precinct that will create 16,000 new jobs and attract potential investment of more than $2 billion in Melbourne’s inner north.
This plan will incorporate the existing Airport West structure plan and aspects of the Essendon Airport master plan.
Early development is set to begin primarily at Essendon Fields, with several key projects identified in the airport’s master plan. These projects, which are subject to Major Development Plan approval by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, include:
- an eight storey, $30 million facility is proposed for the entrance to Essendon Fields and will enhance the precinct’s commercial appeal and access to high quality business services and accommodation.
- an $80 million extension of the AutoCentro vehicle retail hub, to begin this year. This will deliver at least six new car dealerships and 8000 square metres of additional retail space.
- an additional 150,000 square metres of A Grade office space, and;
- additional hangars and aviation facilities.
The precinct has 75 hectares of greenfield land available for development. It is already home to 639 businesses and a workforce of more than 9000 and is identified in Plan Melbourne as a key transport gateway and site of state significance.
This key urban renewal and business location in Melbourne’s inner north will cover approximately 688 hectares in Melbourne’s aviation corridor, 12 kilometres northwest of Melbourne’s CBD and eight kilometres southeast of Melbourne Airport.
More information about the framework planning process will be posted on this page as it becomes available.