Plans for disability accommodation in Joondalup industrial area out for public comment

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The former Go Bananas children’s play center in the heart of the light-industrial business district of Joondalup could undergo a radical transformation into much-needed accommodation for people with disabilities.

Plans have been filed with the town of Joondalup to repurpose the now vacant warehouse on Elcar Lane into 15 two-bedroom specialist disabled accommodation units, three commercial units and a cafe.

Lou di Virgilio Designs’ proposal – which is open for public comment – aims to reorganize the warehouse to create two-storey accommodation and extend the building towards the street.

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“The provision of 15 NDIS homes supports the improvement of a highly desirable form of housing, meeting a latent social need and helping to address the shortage of NDIS homes in WA,” the development application reads.

The site of the proposed mixed-use development.
Camera iconThe site of the proposed mixed-use development. Credit: Taylor Burrell Barnett

The application says the building was designed to meet the requirements of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s housing program with accessible and secure parking spaces, large courtyards and balconies, a carer’s quarters and an accessible design.

“The proposal seeks to adaptively reuse and retrofit an existing warehouse building envelope into a custom accommodation suite for NDIS participants,” the report states.

“To achieve this, the proposal retains the existing warehouse envelope and increases the depth of the built form to meet the street, providing additional space for dwellings, facilitating a greater level of street activation and allowing the car park to be sheathed behind the facade.”

The site, opposite Elcar Park, was previously home to Go Bananas and is located within the Joondalup Business Park.

It is proposed that the three commercial offerings on the ground floor activate the space and can be used by residents, such as “physiotherapists, general practitioner services, a yoga studio, small-scale offices and a small coffee”.

“It is anticipated that in addition to being complementary to the NDIS housing operation, the non-residential uses will provide a level of convenience to adjacent businesses and users of Elcar Park,” the report states.

The development application is available for public comment on the City of Joondalup website until November 30.

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