Cedar Woods creates disability housing in Clayton South community

16 June 2022

ASX-listed developer Cedar Woods has partnered with not-for-profit Summer Housing to deliver quality homes for young people living with disabilities in its Jackson Green development.

As part of this partnership, Cedar Woods has delivered eleven properties within Jackson Green’s 165-unit Huntington Apartments to Summer Housing. Ten of these specialist disability accommodation apartments will be utilised by people with disabilities and complex care needs while the remaining unit will provide accommodation for on-site carers.

All of the apartments have been carefully modified to achieve Platinum level certification under the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines and meet high physical support design requirements under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The modifications undertaken include making the apartments wheelchair-friendly with revisions in kitchen design, doorway widths and thresholds and structural provisions put in place for ceiling hoists. The homes also feature assistive technology which will support the residents in their daily lives and provide access to the 24/7 on-site concierge provider.

Cedar Woods’ Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Archer said that he is proud of the work accomplished through this partnership:

“We worked closely with Summer Housing during this project, from the initial design through to the final delivery, and have achieved a high-quality residential outcome that is safe, functional, and welcoming for future residents”, he says

Located within the Jackson Green community in Melbourne’s south-east, residents of the low-maintenance apartments will have easy access to nearby amenities, public transport and services – allowing occupants to live as independently as possible.

“It is a privilege to deliver these homes and play a small part in helping young Australians with disabilities to live independently. We look forward to delivering more long-term and sustainable disability accommodation over the coming years”, says Mr. Archer.

Today there are over 4,000 young Australians with complex care needs currently residing in aged care facilities as there is no alternative housing for them. Summer Housing focuses on increasing the range and scale of diverse and accessible housing options to reduce this number.

Chief executive at Summer Housing, Melinda van der Westhuizen, said that she is thrilled with what their partnership with Cedar Woods has achieved.

“These residences will change the lives of ten people with disability, their families and friends. They will maintain their independence and live in a safe, secure, and high-quality home while staying connected with their community and loved ones,” says van der Westhuizen.

Just 20 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Jackson Green is well serviced by road and rail connections, including the Monash Freeway and the Cranbourne to Pakenham railway line. Residents are also close to Monash University, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Shopping Centre, cafes, public and private schools, hospitals, and golf courses.

The apartment building has been designed by DKO Architecture and includes communal facilities such as a gym, landscaped podium courtyard and rooftop garden.

Tenancy applications are now open for the Summer Housing residences at Huntington Apartments through Housing Hub.

Cedar Woods is also expecting to complete nine specialist disability accommodation units for Guardian Living at Williams Landing within the next month.