Work begins on new over 55s development in Ridgewood

From left: Brad Prentice (Chairman Southern Cross Board), George Allingame (Managing Director Pindan), Attorney-General John Quigley, Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Nigel Hindmarsh (Department of Communities). Martin Kennealey
From left: Brad Prentice (Chairman Southern Cross Board), George Allingame (Managing Director Pindan), Attorney-General John Quigley, Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Nigel Hindmarsh (Department of Communities). Martin Kennealey

RIDGEWOOD is set to get a second housing development for people aged 55 and older in a $48 million project that will create almost 200 homes.

Haven Ridgewood is a partnership between the Department of Communities and Southern Cross Care WA (SCC) on the corner of Lukin Drive and Hinchinbrook Avenue, a few blocks north of the existing Settlers Ridgewood Rise retirement village.

Representatives from the aged care provider and builder joined State politicians to turn the first sod at the development site on December 13.

SCC chief executive Errol Turner said they were developing the precinct in response to the high demand for more affordable housing options for over 55s in the local area.

“We understand the challenge for over 55s is to find housing that is affordable and suits their lifestyle needs,” he said.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley said it would provide more affordable and social housing.

“We will develop an integrated seniors’ development that contributes to the vibrancy of Ridgewood while also offering a range of housing options previously unavailable,” he said.

“Developments such as this add to residents’ quality of life while also addressing the needs of a growing and ageing population, and meeting demand for retirement accommodation.

“Haven Ridgewood will also boost employment in the region – stage one is expected to provide up to 50 jobs during its construction phase.”

Butler MLA John Quigley said the development would create jobs and “provide quality, affordable housing for seniors”.

The first stage will see builder Pindan release 104 lots to the market as house and land packages and incorporate 54 affordable dwellings and 36 walk-up apartments.

Stage two plans for additional lifestyle apartments, a commercial precinct, medical centre, supermarket and commercial and retail spaces.

The State Government expects about 75 per cent of homes in Haven Ridgewood to sell for less than the suburb’s median house price of $387,000 and all homes to sell below Perth’s median house price of $519,000.

The department contributed 6.8ha of land for the project, which was valued at $7.68 million in June 2014, and SCC will provide apartments for social housing tenants in return.

Mr Turner said there would be a broad range of in-home health and wellness services offered by Southern Plus for residents.

“Southern Plus offers a range of integrated innovative health and wellness services, while also having the option to collaborate with various health professionals,” he said.

“In doing so, we are able to more broadly meet the health and wellness needs of our clients, ensuring they enjoy quality of life and remain independent and living in their own home for as long as possible.”