Over 55s project tobe completed soon

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Seniors heard more about the upcoming Cherry Glades housing project last week.
Camera IconSeniors heard more about the upcoming Cherry Glades housing project last week.

Co-ownership opportunities and a potential mid-November end date for the highly-anticipated Over 55s seniors housing project were discussed at a meeting last week.

On Friday, about 40 people attended a meeting with Shire of Manjimup staff and Department of Communities representatives to talk about the project’s timeline and ask questions.

The Cherry Glades village, at the old Manjimup Primary School site at the corner of Mount and Moore streets, will provide nine homes in the first stage of the project.

There are six, three-bedroom, two bathroom homes and three two-bedrooms, two-bathroom homes.

The green titled properties are proposed for a completion date by mid-November, according to Department of Communities project manager Matt Thompson.

“We wanted a way to provide an affordable option for people who wanted to downsize,” he said.

“We’ve tried to keep in with the character, cottage homes in the area.”

Mr Thompson also said the project aimed to make residents feel connected and provide access to services to create a bright, vibrant community.

To honour the old Manjimup Primary School, the streets within the village will be named after the former school’s faction houses.

“We’re working on plans for the next stage,” Mr Thompson said.

Mr Thompson was happy to receive feedback on future home designs in terms of how many bedrooms and bathrooms were favoured.

“We’re building this for you,” he said.

Of the proposed 55 homes in Cherry Glades, about five of them will be for public housing, but Mr Thompson said residents still had to meet the over 55s criteria.

Department of Communities sales and marketing team member Lauren Ward discussed the co-ownership model being trialled with the project.

Through the project, eligible people over 65 could enter a co-ownership arrangement with the State Government, where the home owner would pay for 65 per cent of the property and the State Government would pay the remainder.

“The Government would be a silent partner and there is no rent paid on the 35 per cent,” she said.

Manjimup shire community services director Gail Ipsen Cutts said the trial, a pilot program for the State, was borne out of the shire staff’s concerns about potential homeowners being able to afford the homes even when selling properties they already owned.

While the trial is only available for two-bedroom, two-bathroom homes, Ms Ward encouraged people to give feedback for future decision-making if they were interested in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom scheme.

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