A new Jewish residential development in Fraser Rise in Melbourne’s outer north-west is a small step closer after Jewish community members behind the initiative acquired two adjoining blocks of land totalling 1100 square metres.
“It’s terrific news because it means we can now take the first steps towards planning for a synagogue and a childcare centre to be constructed,” Sydney business owner Alex Robinson, who has bought a block in the development, said. “To date 20 Jewish families have bought land in Fraser Rise. As more land is purchased and homes built, the community will grow around existing infrastructure.”
The new residential development is close to many walking tracks and local shops. Two main freeways make driving to the Melbourne CBD accessible and it’s only a five-minute drive to the Watergardens Train Station.
The developer has indicated that zoning laws would permit the building of a synagogue and mikvah around which residential blocks can be purchased. The Harry Cohney Charitable Foundation was the major contributor to the acquisition of the shule block.
There are also plans for an eruv and a shuttle bus service to Melbourne’s Jewish schools.
It is estimated that construction of new houses could possibly be completed some time between Rosh Hashanah and the end of the summer holidays.
The Fraser Rise re-development from farmland to residential home sites is open to families from all walks of life and ethnicities, not just the Jewish community.