Wheelers Hill's premier development site gets the green light

More than 8,000 square metres of land in Wheelers Hill has been given the development green light by Monash City Council.

At the turn of December Council chose to endorse an application to develop vacant land at 161-169 Jells Road for a multi-level aged care facility. As part of the CHT Architects-designed development, an existing aged care facility located at 171 Jells Road will also be refurbished.

The site had previously been marketed as an apartment complex backed by Ammache Architects. With that project failing to break ground, the prominent corner site was handed to CBRE City Sales during 2016 and was subsequently sold to Lifeview Residential Care.

Freshly approved. Planning image: CHT Architects

The care provider can now add a further 206 bedsit rooms with ensuites to their existing adjoining facility. The new complex is split into three wings with four and five storeys the built outcome.

108 car parks are expected across the lower ground and ground floors with the main entrance to the new building fronting Ferntree Gully Road.  Amenities such as a café/bar, corner store, hair salon and function space are included, with bedsits within the building broken into clusters of 12 which are supported by a kitchen, dining and living area, laundry and study area.

The $40 million development now holds a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit, with final approval subject to conditions but a formality. 

The site's failed apartment development. Image: Ammache Architects

Lifeview Residential Care's 161-169 Jells Road success reinforces the wave of aged care projects appearing across Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs.

Builder Cockram recently delivered Baptcare's The Orchards Community Retirement Living at 107 Andersons Creek Road, Doncaster East. It consists of 224 beds, whilst the builder has just begun works on the considerably larger Regis Inala aged care complex at 220 Middleborough Road, Blackburn South.

Buxton Construction is working on BlueCross Box Hill which will see a further  221 beds created, whilst Ringwood's Olivet Aged Care Development is approaching a construction start. Further to the above, 62-94 Jacksons Road, Mulgrave is also being considered for 179 independent living apartments, 108 aged care beds and 72 assisted living apartments.

CHT Architects' Orchards Doncaster East & Buxton Construction's BlueCross Box Hill

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