Icon Co is slated as preferred builder on Calvary Health Care’s controversial Bethlehem Health and Retirement Precinct in Caulfield South.
The site will feature 69 independent living units of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, a 33-bed inpatient facility and an 83-bed aged care facility.
The project, on the corner of Kooyong Road and Saturn Street, was originally to be the tallest building in Glen Eira – which has residential height restrictions of 8 metres – but was reduced to 10 storeys last year.
The major redevelopment of Calvary’s retirement and aged care hospital was the subject of community uproar when it was announced in 2017 as a 19-storey residential complex.
400 local residents joined the Bethlehem Hospital Community Action Group in 2017 to fight the development.
Original plans for the site included a child care centre and high-rise apartments.
After Glen Eira council rejected the plans due to height concerns, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled the project exempt from state planning height limits because of its “function” as a village and aged care development.
The Caulfield South development would be Icon Co’s second partnership with Calvary Health, having last year broken ground on the $60 million Calvary Ryde residential care facility in Sydney’s inner west.
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