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Lord Mayor Robert Doyle launches ‘The Residences’ at Rathdowne Place. Opens Reeves Street Park

23 Jun 2015
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Robert Doyle turned the first sod on Australian Unity’s newest retirement living apartments—to be known as The Residences—in the heart of inner-city Carlton today.

The Residences is the second stage of the state-of-the-art $180 million Rathdowne Place Wellbeing Precinct and will comprise of 91 apartments over eight floors.

The precinct  forms part of the Victorian Government’s Carlton Housing Redevelopment Project and is a prime example of a PPP (Public Private Partnership) supporting a local community.

Australian Unity Retirement Living Chief Operating Officer Cameron Holland said The Residences at Rathdowne Place represents Australian Unity’s latest and most exciting new development in sophisticated retirement living.

The Lord Mayor also officially opened the renewed Reeves Street Park—a public park central to Rathdowne Place Wellbeing Precinct—which Australian Unity has returned to the City of Melbourne as open public space.

The park is one of the precinct’s key design elements which will serve as a meeting place for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

“The Residences at Rathdowne Place will offer a unique combination of architecturally designed independent living apartments with premium facilities, allied health, home care and lifestyle services alongside our award-winning Better Together model of care,” Mr Holland said.

Created by internationally renowned architects Fender Katsalidis, the apartment complex is thoughtfully designed and captures the qualities of Carlton’s location and character. 

“We believe we have developed an inner-city living option that will integrate retirement and aged care facilities into the broader community which will enhance social connections between residents and foster relationships with the local neighbourhood,” Mr Holland said.

Residents will also have access to a senior-friendly gym, hydrotherapy pool, cinema, town car, consulting and treatment suites, and a range of services and community connections that support their health and wellbeing.

Lord Mayor Doyle said “A development of this kind encourages positive ageing and supports independent living and choice. It is great news for older people who wish to be near family and friends when they move into retirement.”

The second stage of the Rathdowne Place Wellbeing Precinct is due to be completed by April 2017.

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