Development Application Filed for $44.6 Million Retirement Village in Figtree | Mercury of Illawarra

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A $44.6 million retirement village for the Croatian community comprising independent living units and a 102-bed care home is proposed in the heart of Figtree. Adria Care has submitted a development application to Wollongong City Council for a plot of land fronting the Princes Highway, Bellevue Road and Benney Avenue. The site encompasses the existing Croatian Catholic Church and Bellevue Road Community Hall, both of which would be retained and incorporated into the development. Read more: How UOW students sued the owner and won Two homes are set to be demolished to make way for development, but much of the land is vacant. If approved, the facility will include a residential care facility and a building containing 22 independent living units, as well as a gym, wellness centre, cafe, men’s shed, hall cinema, parking and other amenities. The nursing home will be three to four stories tall, while the independent living building will rise two to four stories. Adria Care says the proposed aged care home and its ancillary facilities would create 51 long-term jobs. The site is close to the Figtree Grove Shopping Center and adjacent to Figtree Square and Figtree Plaza. The development request indicated that there was a close-knit Croatian community in the area with an aging population, but it was difficult to access culturally specific services. “The aim is to provide a space for the wider community and a place where hardworking members of the Croatian community in Wollongong can grow old with a sense of community and a connection to their heritage,” the development request reads. Read more: Illawarra’s top cops will tackle these two crimes in 2022 He also said there is not enough suitable housing in the Figtree area to accommodate the aging population and the single-person households, with very few studios or one-bedroom homes available. “Not all seniors living alone want or need to live in a studio or one-bedroom unit; however, many want or need this type of housing for price and convenience reasons,” the report says. ‘application. Adria Care has operated a retirement village since 1994 in Canberra, where it was established over 30 years ago to serve the city’s Croatian community. The development application is available for public display on the council’s website until Tuesday, March 8. Given the scale and cost of the development, the decision will ultimately rest with the Southern Regional Planning Committee. To read more stories, download the Illawarra Mercury news app from the Apple Store or Google Play. Sign up to receive up-to-date emails below…


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