Lorimer has been identified as a key growth area. The area will be transformed from an industrial area into a thriving commercial and residential precinct to accommodate a huge increase in population.
Development will highlight the precinct’s links to the Yarra River and the waterfront activities that come with it.
Streets, open spaces, buildings and uses will all reflect the proximity to the river. Through design and activity, Lorimer will celebrate the riverfront as a place of recreation and leisure.
A central green “spine” will link a series of green spaces throughout the precinct. This east-west Lorimer Parkway will become the community’s focal point, allowing residents to enjoy a wide range of social, commercial and recreational spaces.
High-quality public spaces and landscaping will make neighbourhoods liveable and appealing.
All land parcels are owned privately by a number of owners. There are four current planning permit applications for large-scale developments but no decisions have yet been made.
Development will be limited to 40 storeys which will be integrated with Mirvac’s Yarra’s Edge precinct in Docklands. Yarra’s Edge is home to more than 2500 residents and about 150 people work in the cafes, shops and offices in the area. Construction in Yarra’s Edge started in 1999 and the precinct is still being developed.
The precinct is named after Sir James Lorimer, who was president of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce from 1868-1870. He was the founding chairman of the Melbourne Harbour Trust, a founder of the Free Trade League and member of the Victorian Parliament.
Along with the Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct, Lorimer is in the City of Melbourne.