CHL developed this eight unit development in Minneapolis Crescent, Maroubra comprising of four two-bedroom and four one-bedroom dwellings built in close partnership with the Randwick City Council and the NSW Government in 2012.
CHL was responsible for project management, design and construction of this two storey apartment development and is the ongoing tenancy and asset manager of these units. Three of the ground floor units are wheelchair accessible.
The development of this $3.3 million project was jointly funded by the NSW Government, Randwick City Council and CHL. In this project, Randwick Council had also supplied land which greatly assisted in the delivery of the project. The Federal and NSW Governments are also providing funding support over the next 10 years under the National Rental Affordability Scheme to ensure that the units remain affordable to low and moderate income earners.
All the units have been tenanted with a diverse mix of tenants who were shortlisted after a thorough screening test. Tenants pay anywhere between 60-75% of the market rent or up to 30% of their income whichever is applicable.
The design addresses the corner location and the robust detailing, is low maintenance and built to last. Window shading devices are included to control solar gain but allow light and views from all units. The ground floor units have a sunny private open space and are all wheelchair accessible; upper floor units have generous balconies looking over the street and roof mounted skylights for solar aspect where required.
The units are close to services such as shops and community supports and has a bus stop on the street frontage.
The City of Randwick has experienced booming house prices over the last decade, and remains one of Sydney’s most important municipalities for key service workers. While apartment and house prices have escalated beyond the means of many key service workers, affordable housing developments like this will provide a way for vitally-needed low to middle income workers to remain close to the central Sydney area.