Anglicare to re-develop Sydney retirement village to make room for aged care facility

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The not-for-profit provider is planning a $230 million partial redevelopment of its existing retirement village in Castle Hill – 32 kilometres north-west of Sydney CBD – to replace ageing facilities with a modern master-planned development.

The development application reveals plans for the construction of a 70-bed residential care facility that will also provide 12 companion suites with two beds (totalling 94 beds) and eight three- and four-storey buildings featuring 148 self-contained apartments.

Anglicare also intends to construct 14 single-storey detached and semi-detached villas, a new administration building and cafe.

98 existing units on the property will be demolished to allow for the new buildings’ construction. The stock set to be demolished is between 40 and 60 years old.

Anglicare’s Senior Development Manager, Jason Squires, told The Hills Shire Times the proposed development will cater for less than the maximum number of residents who currently live on site after it is partly demolished.

Mr Squires said the most residents the centre has cared for is 1,664 people – and it is predicted that the number of residents and the completion of the proposed development “will most likely be less” than the previous peak.

“All affected residents have been or are yet to be, at Anglicare’s cost, rehoused in units of superior quality across the Castle Hill site or have chosen to enter a residential care facility,” he told The Times.

Mr Squires also said Anglicare was covering all the expenses of residents move and increasing the quality of the accommodation provided – however the value of the new homes that residents will be re-located to is not known.

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