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Record land rate for industrial zoned land in Richmond North

A locally based Chinese developer has snapped up a second Richmond development site in as many weeks following a highly competitive auction.

02 Oct 2018

A locally based Chinese developer has snapped up a second Richmond development site in as many weeks following a highly competitive auction.

Fresh from securing the Adairs site for $14.81 million, the developer outbid four competing parties to secure 157-161 Burnley Street for $9.92 million – translating to $7,200 per square metre of land area.

The Burnley site was marketed by CBRE’s Julian White, David Minty and Chao Zhang, in conjunction with CVA’s John Nockles and Ian Angelico

Over 50 bids were registered, highlighting the continued demand for city fringe development sites.

“This sale continues the trend in 2018 for major city fringe sites zoned Industrial 1 or 3, or Commercial 2, to be acquired for commercial office development,” CBRE’s Mr Minty said.

“Close to a third of our team’s development site sales in 2018 have been to buyers planning office projects, which is a 100% increase from 2017 and 2016.”

The 1,381sqm Burnley Street site offers three street frontages and is presently leased to wine wholesaler Get Wines Direct for $280,000 per annum. However, buyer interest centred on the site’s potential for a major office development, with the neighbouring Peregrine Project’s site recently rezoned to allow for a nine-level office project.

“While the Richmond North precinct is positioned between the more prominent markets of Cremorne and Collingwood, the area is attracting heightened demand and we have witnessed substantial capital growth,” Mr Minty said, noting that the area benefitted from its excellent access to amenity, including trams and the Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre.

CBRE’s Mr Zhang said the Burnley Street sale also highlighted that Asian developers were increasingly diversifying their development books.

“Over the past 12 months, our Asian Services Desk has witnessed a significant increase in demand for commercial development sites and we expect this trend to continue,” Mr Zhang said.
 
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