Diggers @The Entrance on NSW Central Coast plans $36.2M senior living apartments

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After building a 52-room hotel, Diggers @The Entrance at Long Jetty, on the NSW Central Coast 94km north of Sydney’s CBD, has lodged plans to use its land fronting Lake Tuggerah to build 89 seniors living apartments in two blocks.

Diggers @The Entrance, which in 2020 reported a net profit of $3.2 million, has lodged a development application with Central Coast Council to demolish two homes, which it currently rents, to erect the seniors living apartments in two buildings, ranging from two-to-five storeys.

The proposed development, to be known as “Yungala”, will include a reception, meeting rooms, staff office, communal open space and parking for 106 vehicles in a partly-excavated ground floor/basement car park.

The plans also include a footpath to “provide access and physical connectivity between the proposed development and the existing Diggers Club”.

“The proposed development will provide a significant increase in the availability of high-quality seniors housing product to the market in a premium location and in proximity to an extensive range of services and facilities provided both within the Diggers Club and the surrounding area,” the DA stated.

It added “in so doing, will enable more local residents to remain independent but living within the local community and maintaining existing social networks”.

To replace the 102 lost parking spaces taken up by the development, the club has lodged a separate DA to remove its eastern bowling green and build a two-storey car park with 107 spaces at the northern end of the property, at a reported cost of $1.5 million.