The 14-storey Spence on Light apartment building has officially opened on Light Square in the Adelaide CBD.
The entire development has been dedicated to the creation of quality, affordable housing for older people in the CBD and is named for Catherine Helen Spence, whose statue is positioned near the development site on Light Square.
The development features 75 apartments which are owned by Housing Choices SA, the South Australian Housing Authority and ACH Group. The apartments offer social, affordable and accessible accommodation to older people as they age, as well as 6 apartments suitable for people living with a significant disability.
The development has been well accepted, with 52 apartments already allocated to new tenants, many of whom were living in housing stress or risk of homelessness.
ACH Group will offer in-home care services to eligible older people living in the building., with tenants of the building supported by Housing Choices’ community development programs and allied health services, which currently operate out of 73-79 Light Square Adelaide.
Spence on Light demonstrates the capacity and potential of our community housing sector, as a developer of high quality, affordable outcomes. Key to the success of this project was Housing Choices’ strong partnerships its key stakeholders: the South Australian Housing Authority; ACH Group and Hindmarsh Construction Australia.
The project represents HCSA’s first major development project under the State Government’s social housing transfer program (ROSAS).
All apartments have been designed and certified to achieve the Liveable Housing Australia Guidelines level Silver or higher and are suitable for older South Australians “aging in place”.
The soon to be completed “Little Mission” café will provide local CBD residents and workers enjoy high quality food and coffee, with views of the restored heritage façade and Light Square beyond.