Stage one of redevelopment will include 15 units, bowling green and activity centre extension.
Shepparton Villages yesterday accepted a near $4 million tender to start the $30 million Tarcoola redevelopment plan.
The first stage of the four-stage project will build 15 new independent living units, a synthetic bowling green and extend the activity centre. Crow Const ructions received the contract ahead of three other companies and Vincent Chrisp Adams Architects designed the units.
The finished redevelopment will have 60 new independent living units and an aged-care facility for 90 people on Chas Johnson Reserve, replacing Hakea Lodge.
Shepparton Villages executive Kevin Bertram expected an April finish for the first stage, with the entire redevelopment completed within eight years.
"The dream is to (redevelop) all of Tarcoola to make it relevant to retirees and older people in terms of modern standards and design criteria," Mr Bertram said.
"There's been a lot of energy, dreaming and we've consulted with the residents on the design concepts."
The first 15 new independent living units will be built on the former Banksia Lodge and demolished housing sites.
Banksia Lodge was demolished in October 2009 and relocated from Tarcoola to Kialla Gardens Village.
The new Tarcoola units will contain two bedrooms, a loungeroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry and double garage.
The demolished units housed residents for 30 years and contained a bedroom, loungeroom, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
Residents who lived in the demolished units were relocated to either Tarcoola aged-care or other independent houses at Rodney Park or Kialla Gardens.
As printed in the Shepparton News, Friday July 8, 2011.