THE operator of Mertome Retirement Village will not make vacant units available to new residents at the Mertome Gardens portion of the site, pending Bayswater council’s final decision on the redevelopment project.
At the November 14 council meeting, council received a due diligence project update from aged care organisation Hall & Prior and Heathley and authorised operators Juniper to not fill up vacant units on the Railway Reserve land, which would facilitate a resident relocation program.
Hall & Prior and Heathley expressed an interest in redeveloping the village and were selected by the council following the expression of interest process.
According to an officer’s report, Hall & Prior and Heathley were seeking further information and were looking to incorporate Railway Reserve and 3 Bassendean Road in the area to be redeveloped.
The report said while all resident had contracts, they could not be moved out of the village without their consent and any redevelopment needed to happen in consultation with residents.
During the due diligence process, Hall & Prior and Heathley found additional liability for the village based on further analysis on the redevelopment timeframes, future long-term maintenance reserve plans and village operational budget.
Bayswater chief executive Andrew Brien said the City and Hall & Prior and Heathley have entered into a Heads of Agreement.
“Once the due diligence process is complete, Hall & Prior and Heathley should be in a position to submit a proposal to the City,” he said.
“Any proposal would then be evaluated and submitted to Council for consideration.
“We will continue to keep the Mertome community informed.”
The City has allocated $200,000 in the 2017-18 budget for legal and commercial advisory services and ancillary costs of the staged redevelopment of the village.