THE redevelopment of Wontama Village, operated by UnitingCare Ageing, has been delayed while a review is carried out on the design plans.
UnitingCare Ageing director Steve Teulan visited Wontama Village on Friday to reassure staff and residents the organisation was still committed to the redevelopment and to explain the implications of the review.
He said the review aimed to further enhance resident and staff amenities, and improve efficiencies within the new building.
Mr Teulan said the new design would improve residents’ privacy, enhance residents’ access to village services, create more convenient set down and pick up areas and allow contractors better access to parts of the village.
He said the reconfigured plans would require further development and subsequent discussions with the approving body, Orange City Council.
UnitingCare Ageing has not announced when work is due to start, however, while the start date for the redevelopment has been delayed, the completion date is unchanged.
The designs for the Gosling Creek aged-care facility on Forest Road facility have also been changed.
The facility will now have two floors instead of three.
The aged-care facility will be built opposite Orange Health Service by Allity, which took over from Lend Lease earlier this year.
Bed numbers will remain unchanged.
The owners also intend to demolish a weatherboard dwelling, cafe and steel garage currently on the site.
The Gosling Creek aged-care facility is expected to cost almost $24 million.
Allity has previously indicated it expects the Gosling Creek aged care facility to be built by the end of next year.