Not-for-profit aged care provider, Peninsula Villages is pleased to announce that its seniors affordable housing project at Springwood Street in Ettalong is now complete, accommodating a total of 45 units.
Working with IRV Modulars at Woy Woy, the $3.2 million Peninsula Villages development has seen the placement of an additional 18 one and two bedroom dwellings all built for seniors compliance and ergonomically designed with disability access.
The organisation said that this is an important project for the Central Coast as it ensures they can meet the growing demand of local seniors looking for affordable self-care housing options.
“Peninsula Villages is a profit for purpose organisation and we are constantly focused on supporting local demand by undertaking projects that have social, environmental and community benefit,” said Chief Executive Officer Shane Neaves.
“In the process of developing this project we ensured that the dwellings meet the requirements for seniors looking to rent yet maintain their independence in a safe and close-knit community,” added Shane.
“We saw that 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,” he said.
Manufactured locally and off-site in order to minimise the impact and disruption to existing residents, the additional homes have all been craned in and located onsite with parking and landscaping adding the final touches to the seniors’ community.
Since commencement of the project in March this year, there has been huge demand for the homes which are tenanted to local seniors looking to downsize or reside in a more affordable dwelling.
Long-term Central Coast residents Lauren and Wayne Williams were two of the first tenants to move into the development, having rented privately just around the corner for many years. Complete with spacious living areas, solar panels and a quaint back garden with northerly aspect, the couple are enjoying their new two bedroom home.
“It’s just been so easy – right from the beginning, we moved straight in and haven’t had to worry about anything,” explained Lauren.
“They have been very accommodating to all our needs – everyone from the young lads installing the solar panels to the landscapers planting the trees along the front of the house, everyone is so friendly and helpful,” added Wayne.
Dawn Miell, a friend of Lauren’s from lawn bowls and now her new neighbour, is equally delighted to have moved into the Springwood Street development sighting that the location allows for her to enjoy all that the Peninsula has to offer.
“I enjoy lawn bowls, and the club is just down the road so a few of us go up there regularly for a game,” shared Dawn.
“Otherwise, if someone’s going to the local shopping centre or for a coffee in town, they often invite me to go along, which I thoroughly enjoy.
“We’ve formed a lovely community here where everyone waves good morning and looks out for each other each day – I couldn’t be happier,” she added.
This project follows Peninsula Villages’ completion of Pozieres House in Umina - a state-of-the-art 114-bed facility that offers premium residential aged care. Combining Pozieres House and this Springwood development, Peninsula Villages has self-funded an investment of more than $30 million in aged care for the Central Coast region.
“Peninsula Villages is dedicated to offering a range of care options for seniors that are all managed and operated by a not-for-profit organisation committed to the needs of locals,” concluded Peninsula Villages’ CEO Shane Neaves.