The first residents of 15 new independent living units at Tarcoola Village started moving in on Thursday night.
The $3.6 million project is the first of a three-stage redevelopment plan that will build 38 units 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 have two bedrooms, a double garage, lounge room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
The demolished units housed residents for 30 years and contained a bedroom, lounge room, kitchen, bathroom and a laundry.
Residents who lived in these units before they were demolished were relocated to Tarcoola aged care or other independent houses, Rodney Park or Kialla Gardens.
Shepparton Villages projects and maintenance manager Edward McNair said residents were surveyed to help design the new units.
"A lot of them said they didn't like going to the toilet in their bathroom, so the units have a separate toilet," Mr McNair said.
Chief executive Kevin Bertram said the units had a six-star energy rating and flat surfaces for easy access.
Mr Bertram said the old units were built under the capital subsidy of the Gough Whitlam government.
"They were built for a specific purpose, economically and without any trimmings," Mr Bertram said.
"These new units have everything a person would want to meet current market expectations."
Mr McNair expected demolition for the second stage of the redevelopment to start next month.
The second stage will build 11 new units.
The redevelopment is part of an overall plan that will build 60 new units and relocate Hakea Lodge to neighbouring Chas Johnson Reserve.
As printed in the Shepparton News on Monday April 23, 2012.