Community Gateway has completed its first stage of renovations on three of the 12 Judith Evill units, located on Tozer St, West Kempsey.
The search is on to fill the low cost living facilities and Community Gateway chief executive officer Craig Thomson is welcoming applications.
“We purchased the units to be able to maintain the community asset and we are excited to open the doors to people who are seeking low cost living,” Mr Thomson told the Argus.
“We are looking for people who require aged care or are suffering from a disability and need some sort of supportive accommodation.
“However, we are happy to talk to anybody who has the need for low cost housing and see if it works out.”
Another three units’ renovations will be finished in a fortnight. The plan is to have the remaining six units renovated within three months. A total of $200,000 will be spent on the renovations.
The units were in deplorable conditions when Community Gateway purchased the buildings from Kempsey Shire Council for $1.1 million in May.
The majority of the renovations were made in the bathrooms. The quality has drastically improved while they have also been made more accessible.
The makeover also included fresh paint, rewiring, new light fittings and the kitchens modified where needed.
“Now people can live in low priced housing, in a good community and in good quality housing – that’s what this is all about,” Craig Thomson.
Another exciting concept which will soon be renovated is the combining of two units to make a three-bedroom apartment which will allow for two aged or disabled residents to live with a full-time carer.
The further stages of development and renovation on the block is still under consideration.
Community Gateway has achieved a partnership with Corrections NSW and inmates will conduct maintenance and gardening at the Judith Evill units.
Community Gateway were fortunate to outbid developers when purchasing the units earlier this year.
The Kempsey Shire Council wouldn’t listen to negotiations from Community Gateway and Mr Thomson, who was dedicated to ensuring the units remained as affordable housing for the Kempsey community, as they searched for the highest possible price.
Anyone interested in the units can contact Community Gateway on 6524 5000.
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