Cottesloe: Curtin Care proposing five storey development on Marine Parade

Curtin Care chairman David Cox is ready for any height battles.
Graphics show the mass within which Curtin Care cab design it new buildings.
Graphics show the mass within which Curtin Care cab design it new buildings.
Heritage-listed Wearne Hostel will have integrated community activities.
Curtin Care chairman David Cox is ready for any height battles.
Curtin Care chairman David Cox is ready for any height battles. Graphics show the mass within which Curtin Care cab design it new buildings. Graphics show the mass within which Curtin Care cab design it new buildings. Heritage-listed Wearne Hostel will have integrated community activities. Curtin Care chairman David Cox is ready for any height battles.

CURTIN Care has consulted with residents and councils for development on the Wearne Hostel side on Marine Parade, Cottesloe that could be up to five storeys high.

Chairman David Cox said he was prepared for any potential backlash on the height for the aged care home despite getting little negative feedback during consultation with neighbouring residents.

Mr Cox said the development would appear to be just one storey above the current height because it was planned to dig out the site at ground level.

He said parking would be underground and gardens would be planted.

A five-storey development could comprise a new building for residential aged care at the hostel’s rear.

“We want to go to five storeys so we can increase the efficiency of care and amenity for the residents by creating intimate communities within the building that are more like a home and not a ward,” Mr Cox said.

Preferred designs are expected by November and joint landowners the Shire of Peppermint Grove and towns of Mosman Park, Claremont and Cottesloe could consider a master plan for the $100 million redevelopment that will increase beds from 88 to 130 at the end of the year.

Mr Cox said neighbouring residents had indicated in March and May workshops that they wanted a “resort-style” development that could have cafes and interact with facing adjacent Gibney Street and Marine Parade.

He said it was hoped the proposal would set a precedent and dictate appropriate and “considered” development on neighbouring land.

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