Why I am not excited about the development of Larundel
…And it’s not because I’m losing another great urbex location (have to let them go eventually).
Earthworks have just begun on Larundel Psychiatric hospital, after many years of basically nothing happening at all.
Clearly a lot of thought went into just what it is that Melbourne needs, because – unpredictably of course – the site is being turned into a bunch of shops and units.
Because Melbourne doesn’t have enough of those and we need another fucking Safeway.
I mentioned this a couple of months ago, and it isn’t breaking news or anything, but it still makes me annoyed and I still react with a little disbelief (though not too much) when I read another news article about it.
Melbourne is in need of hospitals, clinics, aged care facilities, mental health facilities; you know, things that generally help the sick, vulnerable and less-fortunate in our community. We don’t have enough of these services as it is; not sure how it makes sense to stick another “retail hub” in the place of this former mental hospital.
And “…the Deal project would bring more diverse housing to Bundoora”? What?
I wait with great anticipation to see what their interpretation of “developed” is when it comes to “developing” the “heritage buildings”. I don’t believe these buildings are formally Heritage listed (at least I can’t find any documentation of this), and even if they are, Heritage listing doesn’t do much to protect buildings in this state these days anyway.
Excuse the sarcasm.
x Kitten of Doom