Retirement housing for retired clergy being rolled out

MELBOURNE: A suburban street is set to become home to a modern new building that will be home to retired priests.

The Trustees of the Marist Brothers have filed a development application to build a three-storey, 10-unit building in Tugun’s Elizabeth Street.

The complex would feature eight residential care units that would be designed for use by ageing and retired members of the international Catholic order.

There would be a further two units staffed by members of the church.

“The Marist Brothers are committed to the principle of ageing in place and will use the residential care component to allow its Brothers to remain at home and journey through retirement,” a planning report to councillors says.

“The residential care component of the development is for use by elderly Brothers, including those who require additional support for day-to-day living.

“As the units will be their home and permanent residence, each Brother will receive individualised support and care to optimise health and lifestyle outcomes.”

The project will go before council for approval later this year.