Plans to redevelop the Kiama Hospital site into a Blue Haven Centre of Aged Care Excellence have received formal approval by the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) after minor modifications to improve privacy.
Council is now looking for an external project manager and an architect to progress the $73 million project to the construction stage.
“The appointed architect will prepare detailed drawings required for a construction certificate, and Council is planning to commence construction later this year,” said Clare Rogers, Kiama Council’s Director of Community Services.
The first stage of the redevelopment includes the demolition of existing buildings (except the heritage-listed Barroul House) and remediation of the site.
This stage will also include the development of a 134 bed residential aged care facility, 16 assisted living units, a community centre and community care office, and the restoration and adaptive reuse of Barroul House.
The second stage of the redevelopment will build 51 seniors’ living units.
The completion of the first stage is anticipated by late 2018 with the units completed by the end of 2020.
The hospital site has been subdivided, with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) retaining a section of the land to build a new community health facility on the site.
This site will continue to provide outpatient services for all of the community.
The DA for these facilities has yet to be approved. Completion of this project will be necessary before the hospital can be demolished.