Construction begins on new CBD Disability Apartments
Minister for Disabilities Leesa Vlahos will today turn the first sod, officially beginning construction of a new disability housing and respite care facility in Adelaide.
Eighteen disability respite apartments will be part of the new 20-storey hub being built by Uniting Communities on the corner of Franklin Street and Pitt Street in the CBD.
The disability apartments will provide flexible, centrally located respite accommodation options for people with disability and their families.
As well as disability respite apartments, the multi-use facility will include 21 long-term rental options equipped for use by people with a disability.
The building has been designed to a minimum five star green rating (as recognised by The Green Building Council of Australia) and will include a 50 kilowatt solar system on the roof.
The State and Commonwealth Governments have invested $7.44 million towards the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2018.
It will create up to 180 jobs during the construction phase and 30 additional ongoing jobs once the facility is complete.
Uniting Communities successfully won a tender to incorporate the disability respite apartments as part of its multi-use development on its Maughan Church site.
The disability respite apartments will include accommodation respite programs, holiday accommodation and short-term accommodation, for example, for someone visiting Adelaide for medical appointments or transitioning to and from hospital. This will relieve pressure on acute hospital beds.
The project will deliver on a promise made by the government in the lead-up to the 2014 State Election to partner with the private sector to deliver an 18-room respite centre in Adelaide.
The funding includes $440,000 from the State Government together with $7 million allocated from the Commonwealth Nation Building program.
Minister for Disabilities, Leesa Vlahos said: We are ensuring that people with disabilities – whether physical or cognitive – can live independently in the heart of the city in accommodation that completely meets their needs.
This project is unique in the scope of its offering, in that people can stay long term or for short periods of respite or transition with appropriate support and the latest assistive technology.
The South Australian Government made a pledge at the last election that we would get this project off the ground, and this partnership with Uniting Communities is an excellent example of government and the private sector working collaboratively and constructively together.
Minister for Social Housing, Zoe Bettison said: Multi-use developments like this one show how a range of housing options, social services and commercial opportunities can be integrated under one roof.
The Government is committed to working in partnership with the private sector to better support all members of our community with their housing needs, whether it is respite accommodation for people with disability or retirement living options in the city.
Chief Executive Uniting Communities, Simon Schrapel said: We’re very proud of incorporating disability accommodation which sits at the heart of this inner city social services and accommodation hub which is a world first.
It’s bold, it’s ambitious and it celebrates the enormous commitment to developing a more inclusive community that is the enduring hallmark and legacy of Uniting Communities.
It is just the sort of innovation that will help to set South Australia apart when it comes to the delivery of integrated and intergenerational living options within a commercial and social services hub.
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