Uniting St Columba’s Lane Cove Aged Care Facility to Be Redeveloped

Uniting St Columba’s  Lane Cove aged care facility is to be redeveloped.  The church has lodged a development application with the Lane Cove Council (DA 134/2020). 


Uniting have operated “St.Columbas’ Lane Cove” for 26 years and are now seeking to expand the facility to provide an additional 100 beds.

The church has been buying neighbouring properties to enable its expansion.  The facility is located at the corner of Figtree Street and Centennial Avenue.

The redeveloped site will include 106 – 114 Centennial Avenue and 11 – 13 Fig Tree Street, and parts of Nos.7 and 9 Fig Tree Street, Lane Cove.  Houses at Nos.106. 108, 110 and 112 Centennial Avenue, and Nos. 11 and 13 Fig Tree Street, ancillary garage, sheds and swimming pools are proposed to be demolished.

Proposed Development

Specifically, the proposal involves the construction of a mixed two-three storey addition to the existing aged care facility.

The existing building will retain 42 bedrooms; the addition will provide 100 bedrooms (therefore 142 beds in total), ancillary facilities, back of house and the like will be provided across the existing and proposed structures.

Vehicular access will be from Fig Tree Street to basement parking, and the existing portico and associated driveway will be demolished and relocated south-east along Fig Tree Street.

Aged Care/Senior Living in Lane Cove

A DA for aged care and/or seniors living have been lodged for the following sites:

266 Longueville Road Lane Cove;

Northwood Road Pathways Longueville development

Retire Australia Seniors Living 40A Cope Street Lane Cove West;

The old Billy Blue site on the corner of Greenwich Road and River Road Greenwich – The DA has been approved for a (DA103/2019)and

An eight-storey seniors housing development according to SEPP Seniors comprising 40 independent living units with three basement levels accommodating 76 car spaces and loading zone. A new Seniors Living Apartment Complex (40 apartments) is planned for 2 Greenwich Road.  The site was a former private hospital. The hospital closed in 2018 and has relocated to a new facility at 2 Frederick Street, St Leonards.  More Details here.

Greenwich Hospital Aged Care and Senior Living Redevelopment.  More Details here.

How Does This Differ From Other Aged Care/Senior Living Development?

The plan is to upgrade an existing aged care facility.  There is no plan to include commercial or retail in the development (which increases traffic flow).  There are no plans for senior living apartments (which means the majority of traffic will be visitors, staff and suppliers – not residents).

Uniting St Columbia has been an integral part of the Lane Cove Community for years until recently they provided rent-free space to the Men’s Shed, the have a Community Chaplain who works throughout the community to provide events for single parents and newcomers to Lane Cove (no matter what religion).  Before COVID19, they provided free meditation sessions every week.

Our cover photo is an illustrative perspective of the development along Centennial Avenue.

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