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Phil Domazet to develop former Lyons public housing site into apartments

Ian Bushnell 17 June 2019 32

The fenced-off site of the former Strathgordon Court public housing in Lyons. It awaits demolition to be reborn as a modern residential development. Photos: George Tsotsos.

The mystery buyer who paid $16.4 million for the site of the former Strathgordon Court public housing complex in Lyons has been revealed to be low-key developer Phil Domazet.

A cousin of the Domazets behind the high-profile Doma Group, Phil Domazet is described as an under-the-radar operator who has been in the Canberra development game for 40 to 50 years.

The Suburban Land Agency’s over-the-counter sale to AJP Projects in May was settled recently and the 23,289 square metre block on Melrose Drive will be turned into new apartments after being cleared. The maximum number of dwellings allowed on the Lyons property is 492, with 70 required to be ‘affordable’.

Phil Domazet has been revealed as the mystery buyer of the site.

The only details at the time of the sale was the company name, registered in Phillip, and the purchase price. The Lyons property was the only one of six public housing sites up for auction on 20 March that was passed in.

It is believed the underbidder on the day was another Domazet, Jure, whose Doma Group is redeveloping the Alexander and Albemarle buildings into apartments in the nearby Woden Town Centre.

Phil Domazet has no relationship with Doma and usually builds one project at a time but has been quiet in recent times. He has been involved in developments at Mawson and by the lake at Belconnen, and generally holds a fair proportion of units as rentals.

It is believed Cox Architecture has designed the new Lyons development and a development application is imminent.

Zoned RZ5  High Density residential, the site on Melrose Drive was marketed as a coveted position next to the Woden Town Centre.

 


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32 Responses to Phil Domazet to develop former Lyons public housing site into apartments
Chris Ellis Chris Ellis 7:08 am 15 Jun 19

More apartments. Who is going to live in all these new developments? Where do all the former tenants live?

    Nick Stone Nick Stone 9:10 am 15 Jun 19

    Chris Ellis

    They have mostly been relocated to the newer suburbs like Coombs, Wright, Moncrieff, Taylor, Throsby.

    Chris Ellis Chris Ellis 2:03 pm 15 Jun 19

    Nick sad. So far away from supports

    Chris Ellis Chris Ellis 3:08 pm 15 Jun 19

    Nick sad. So far away from supports

Chris Malegan Chris Malegan 9:22 pm 14 Jun 19

All the best with it Phil...👍

Branko Babić Tuba Branko Babić Tuba 3:01 am 14 Jun 19

Bravo big Phil..💪💪💪

Matt Peden Matt Peden 10:37 pm 13 Jun 19

Well done Phil, one of nature’s gentlemen 😊

Fernwood Woden Fernwood Woden 9:57 pm 13 Jun 19

It will be good to see that area upgraded

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 9:33 pm 13 Jun 19

Appartments? Oh thank God! I was beginning to worry we were going to run out of those.

    James Nomis James Nomis 11:18 pm 13 Jun 19

    Gabriel Spacca There is a genuine intent to create more single residential blocks in the ACT but the challenges are greater than ever.

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6213205/bid-to-preserve-molonglo-river-peninsula-earmarked-for-homes/

Alexandra Martyniak Alexandra Martyniak 6:56 pm 13 Jun 19

As long as it is not Geocon as part of their world domination I am happy

Scott Peters Scott Peters 2:49 pm 13 Jun 19

Apartments? What a shock! More that Canberrans don't want or need!

Lyndon Cox Lyndon Cox 2:45 pm 13 Jun 19

Go Phil! Great spot n well needed n overdue development! Go the Hulk!

Stan Dukic Stan Dukic 1:51 pm 13 Jun 19

Good stuff

Bigfella all the best

David Marich David Marich 1:07 pm 13 Jun 19

Nice one Phillip 👍🏼

Kerry Dent Kerry Dent 11:24 am 13 Jun 19

More evidence that ACT government is not building additional public housing, just selling off stock in prime locations and moving replacement public housing to outer suburbs.

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 8:08 pm 13 Jun 19

    Kerry Dent bit of a contradiction there.

    Nick Stone Nick Stone 9:13 am 15 Jun 19

    Kerry Dent

    Go for a drive around Moncrieff, Taylor, Coombs, Wright. The two big towers in Gungahlin also. That's just the start!

    Anne Berriman Anne Berriman 1:08 pm 19 Jun 19

    So true Nick Stone, if people go search public housing in these areas they will discover where there being put, I did this just before we bought so glad we did, houses out that way now are worthless once $1m and above are now fetching under $950,000.

Cam Neil Cam Neil 11:03 am 13 Jun 19

'Phil Domazet has no relationship with Doma and usually builds one project at a time but has been quiet in recent times.' Wish i had a lazy $16.4 million laying around during my quiet times 😔😔

David Tonacia David Tonacia 10:57 am 13 Jun 19

The maximum number of dwellings allowed on the Lyons property is 492, with 70 required to be ‘affordable’.

So the other properties are not affordable ?????

    Elroy Jones Elroy Jones 3:02 pm 13 Jun 19

    David Tonacia ‘affordable’ matches a government criteria - can only be sold to people with low household income, first HB’s, sale price below a threashold, list of mandated inclusions, etc etc

Justin Sevi Justin Sevi 10:48 am 13 Jun 19

Burnie is back..

    Andrew Brien Andrew Brien 10:52 am 13 Jun 19

    Justin Sevi Sticks Street is back 😂

    Tony Southwell Tony Southwell 6:20 pm 13 Jun 19

    Justin Sevi

    I Wish...

    They were the Days...

    Gone now...

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 10:12 am 13 Jun 19

Let's hope there's something other than flats there. Maybe terrace houses or townhouses.

Elroy Jones Elroy Jones 10:02 am 13 Jun 19

Is Doma a low-key developer?

Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 10:01 am 13 Jun 19

yay, more units

    James Nomis James Nomis 11:19 pm 13 Jun 19

    Daniel Oyston There is a genuine intent to create more single residential blocks in the ACT but the challenges are greater than ever.

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6213205/bid-to-preserve-molonglo-river-peninsula-earmarked-for-homes/

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