Leongatha to get $30m on 55-year-old village

Leongatha is set to get a similar residential village for the over 55s of the style which has just been completed, opened and sold at Drouin, the 170-lot Sanctuary Lifestyle estate.

DEVELOPERS have purchased a site and applied to South Gippsland Shire Council last week to build a 158-lot, 55+ retirement village in Leongatha at a cost of over $30 million.

By the time the townhouses in the development were sold; in two-bedroom and three-bedroom configurations, with single and double garages, at a starting price of $350,000, the project will be worth closer to $70 million.

And it’s not a pie in the sky idea.

Provided the South Gippsland Shire Council gives the green light to what the Leongatha Business Association has called an “exciting development”, Harman Development Group will begin civil works in the first half of 2022.

They are not new to this.

They completed a similar project in Drouin, the 170-lot Sanctuary Lifestyle estate, in May 2021 and by November all homes had been sold.

Paul Harman, representing Birchville PL as trustees of the Harman Family Village Trust, said this week he had no doubts there was similar demand for such a scheme in Leongatha.

“It will be a staged development, like Drouin’s, but the way people have embraced this one, I’m sure Leongatha will be just as good,” Harman said.

“There is nothing like it in Leongatha or Wonthaggi and we think Leongatha is exactly the right place for it.

“It’s a big regional town with great facilities; an excellent hospital, sports facilities and a very good shopping centre; similar to Warragul.

“And it will be good for the city. In our experience, residents enjoy getting involved in bowling, golf, visiting the RSL and hitting the streets for their coffees and groceries. »

Additionally, Mr. Harman said there would be dozens of jobs in the construction phase and ongoing work generated by the facility that would require landscaping, cleaning, maintenance and dredging services. ‘other services.

He guaranteed to use local shops and services whenever possible.

Mr Harman said the project, which will be located directly south of Leongatha Hospital at 168 South Gippsland Highway, would include owner-occupied two- and three-bedroom townhouses starting at $350,000, residents also paying a fee for common facilities at the site, which would be extensive.

“There will be a community bowling green, tennis court, recreation center with swimming pool, gymnasium and exercise area, community workshop, community vegetable garden and also a main community center.

“There will be a cinema, billiards and games area, reception area and lounges, communal kitchen, library and communications room, management office, as well as barbecue and community facilities at the outside.”

Mr Harman said the homes would be 5-star rated, offering solar power, while the facility itself was sustainably designed.

“All community facilities will be powered by solar energy,” he said.

Harman Group has plans for similar projects in Kooweerup and Warragul.

The Leongatha community has already embraced the idea.

“The city is calling for a project like this, and we’ll be all for it provided they use local trades, services and suppliers,” said Anthony Wall, chairman of the Leongatha Business Association.

“We are definitely in favor of growth, as long as it is gradual, but I think Leongatha and South Gippsland are calling for something like that.

“I hope there will be local jobs during construction, but I imagine it will generate work once it is in place. Sounds exciting,” he said.

Local estate agent Michael Hanily of Ray White said the project had the potential to free up the city’s older housing stock and also attract people to the area.

“Yes, it could be good for that.”

Mr Hanily said Leongatha could expect a period of strong residential growth over the next few years with the 600-lot Shamrock Springs estate, off Shingler Street, expected to be available from mid-August. year.

Access will initially be via Byrne Street, but will eventually involve safe entry via the South Gippsland Highway.

The townhouses in the development will be on separate small plots.

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