A DERELICT retirement home is set to come back to life with plans underway for a new retirement home.
Developer McCarthy Stone bought the former care home at 20 Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff for an estimated £1.5million last year.
The firm has launched a virtual consultation on projects to renovate the building and create “quality” retirement residences.
Once renovated, the three-story building, first constructed in 1880, will offer 27 apartments for seniors aged 60 or over for outright sale, condominium, rental and part rental-part purchase – consisting of 12 one-bed units and 15 two-bed units. .
The development will also include communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, guest suite, in-house waste store and mobility scooter storage.
Communal gardens will be laid out, as well as 21 parking spaces on site.
McCarthy Stone says Southend needs more retirement homes, citing a council report which predicts the number of over-65s in the borough will rise from 35,000 to 36,500 by 2031 as hope life improves
“Redevelopment of this site with specialist retirement accommodation will help meet the need for specialist accommodation that meets the needs of older people,” a company spokesperson said.
They added: “The proposals will also have benefits for the wider housing market, as those moving into retirement housing will ‘downsize’, freeing up much-needed family homes and smaller homes for first-time buyers further afield. in the housing chain, as with all three moves into a retirement home, two first-time buyers are freed up in the chain.
Andrew Wickett, Divisional Managing Director of McCarthy Stone London and South East, said: “McCarthy Stone believes the Chalkwell Avenue site is in a highly sustainable location to meet a strong local need for specialist retirement housing.
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