Charity AnglicareSA to build new Panorama community housing estate
Craig Cook, HillsValley Weekly Messenger
January 24, 2019 7:00am
A leading charity will demolish a decades-old housing estate at Panorama and redevelop the site with more than 30 dwellings, including a four-storey apartment block for people with special needs.
AnglicareSA has lodged plans with Mitcham Council to redevelop the Ontario Ave site it has owned since the 1960s.
It has also bought a house at 18 Ontario Ave to expand the footprint of the “affordable community housing” project.
Under the plans, the current single-storey housing would be demolished and replaced with 10 two-storey townhouses and a four-storey “supported accommodation” complex with 24 apartments.
Of those, up to eight apartments would be purpose-built for people with a disability and one for support staff.
Many of the remaining apartments and the townhouses would be affordable housing for AnglicareSA’s clients aged 55 and over.
AnglicareSA chief executive Peter Sandeman said the current housing was outdated and no longer suitable.
“We need to ensure that our homes meet the requirements of existing residents as well as the future demands of our community,” Mr Sandeman said.
“Access to safe, secure, affordable and well-located housing is fundamental to people’s wellbeing.
“We purchased the neighbouring property, creating a site to develop an appealing, modern community housing development complete with sufficient on-site parking and green, open space.”
Under the plan, which still required approval, three trees would be removed and a large, central, shared garden created, as well as 45 carparks.
AnglicareSA held a meeting with Ontario Ave residents late last year, with some raising concerns about the development’s density, the affect on the streetscape, the number of people who would be living there and the potential for increased traffic.
Mr Sandeman said AnglicareSA had “taken on aspects of the feedback obtained through that consultation process” before lodging the final development plan with Mitcham Council.
“We’re excited about creating a high-quality residential development that not only meets the needs of our residents but increases the appeal of the entire neighbouring area,” he said.
The final budget was yet to be finalised.
If approved, the new homes were likely to be available for occupation by mid-to-late 2020.
Community consultation on the plans closed at 5pm Wednesday January 23.
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