Former Melbourne Channel Nine building opens as retirement village
The old Channel Nine building in Richmond was once the TV home of Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton and Daryl Somers, but now it could be your new place.
The Richmond building is set to reopen as a luxury retirement village later this year.
Pensioners Heather and Ray Bowden lived on the Mornington Peninsula for years before moving to St Kilda.
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They have since developed a fondness for the city and purchased an apartment in the Ardency Kennedy Place Village.
The name of the complex is a nod to Kennedy, the TV king.
“Everyone knew Channel Nine, Bendigo Street, Richmond. It was the place everyone knew,” Mr Bowden said.
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Gone are the days when lawn bowling was the favorite pastime of retirees – this village will feature an eighth-floor bar with a grand piano.
Nathan Cockerill is from Lendlease, the company behind the project.
He said the property will also include a wellness center, swimming pool and library.
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“And a 30-seat cinema which we seek to name the Newton Theatre,” Cockerill said.
“Nice lifestyle, connectivity, close to town.”
Number 22 Bendigo Street was originally the Wertheim Piano Company, then the Heinz canning factory, before the first TV broadcast aired from Studio One in 1957.
Anne Stewart and her husband eagerly await their new digs at the historic site.
They bought a three-bedroom apartment with an office and a balcony.
But Stewart said she can’t wait to relax at the bar.
“I can absolutely see myself with a glass of wine,” she said.
The new residents will live where television history was made, with iconic shows such as In Melbourne tonight, sale of the century, Hey, hey it’s Saturday, The price is right and The football show all once filmed in studio in Richmond.
Cockerill said there was still a chance for retirees to move in once the building was completed, with apartments still available for purchase.
“We’re pretty much about 50% sold at this point. With the building coming off the ground, a lot more interest is coming,” he said.