Peninsula Villages’ Affordable Living Project Receives Boost

Peninsula Villages will continue its commitment to ensuring senior citizens of the Central Coast have access to affordable living options after Council  approved its $2 million Development Application (DA) for seniors accommodation on a site on Springwood Street in Ettalong Beach.

The site, located at 147-149 Springwood Street,  currently houses 12 residents across 13 small dwellings which accommodate those with a disability and those on a low income.

The lease agreement that was inherited when the Village purchased the site in 2016, indicates life tenancies and therefore the DA proposed an extension to these existing tenancies to accommodate a further 16 residents.

Under the scope of the approved DA, Peninsula Villages proposed 16 prefabricated residences are added to the site, while the community hall will be converted into a further two dwellings.

“Peninsula Villages is a profit for purpose organisation – we are constantly channelling portions of our profit towards projects we believe have social, environmental and community benefits,” said CEO Shane Neaves.

“We have found that affordable housing for seniors is a real issue on the Central Coast, so we decided to fund this project entirely on our own without any local, state or national Government assistance.

“This development allows us to continue housing the current residents while offering the opportunity to provide that support to others who are in need of assistance in the future,” added Shane.

Manufactured locally and off-site in order to minimise the impact and disruption to existing residents living on the site, the additional homes have been specifically designed to meet construction standards for seniors.

Basic amenities like on-site parking and level access are key features of the approved DA, with the plans aimed to accommodate the elderly who are looking to downsize or reside in a more affordable dwelling.

“In the process of developing this project we have ensured that independent living takes a high priority – we understand there is a large portion of the population who still wish to live in a self-contained home but are less ambulant than they have been in the past and may not be in a position to buy into traditional independent living units,” said Shane.

“This project is very exciting, and it’s another example of Peninsula Villages’ delivering on its objective to provide value within the local community and be an inclusive community for all no matter their background, preference or circumstance,” he concluded.

Following the approval of the DA the organisation is now looking ahead with its plan to commence construction of this project this year.

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This project will follow the aged care provider’s current construction of a state-of-the-art

114-bed facility at Pozieres Avenue Umina that will offer residential aged care. This project is set for completion in the next few months.

“If you combine our current construction project and this approved Development Application of the Springwood site, Peninsula Villages is self-funding $30 million investment in aged care for the Central Coast region,” he added.

“Peninsula Villages is committed to ensuring we can meet the demands of our ageing community now and well into the future. We want to offer a range of care options for seniors that are all managed and operated by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to our local community and the needs of residents,” concluded Shane.

For more information please phone 4344 9199.