Aruma lists Flagship Northern Beaches Development site for sale

Aruma, one of Australia’s leading disability service providers, has listed its 10,170 m2 head office site in Frenchs Forest for sale.

The organisation will reinvest the proceeds of the sale to further its purpose to support people with a disability to live the life they want, the life they choose.

Aruma’s acting Chief Operating Officer, Tiffany Roxburgh, says the organisation is focused on creating purpose-designed spaces that meet the diverse needs of our customers and staff.

“It is not surprising that after almost 60 years at Belrose, we have outgrown the site, and the buildings are no longer fit for purpose,” Mrs Roxburgh said. “We want to ensure we’re investing the funds from the sale back into options that best support our customers and staff.”

While planning is still underway, she anticipates Aruma will continue to have a presence on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“Our investment will be supporting people with a disability in New South Wales, providing fit for purpose, modern and tech-enabled spaces for our customers, and for our staff. We’re fully committed to creating more inclusive and accessible places to work, live and visit.”

Colliers have been exclusively appointed to sell the site through the team of Henry Burke, Eugene White and Miron Solomons, with offers expected to be received in excess of $20 million.

The property features R2 Low Density Residential zoning with an 8.5 metre height limit and has dual street frontages, extensive boundaries and a gentle slope from north to south with the opportunity to unlock extensive district and Sydney CBD views.

“Placed on an incredibly rare, large and expansive residential land holding, this site sits in a peaceful residential suburban setting on Sydney’s renowned Northern Beaches, and provides a fantastic opportunity to create a development that fits in with the unique Frenchs Forest landscape and the local community.” Mr Burke said.

“Located opposite the recently upgraded Frenchs Forest Showground in an area that is serviced by an abundance of retail, cultural and public amenity, we expect interest from a range of development groups to be strong, given the demand for residential housing and aged care living on the Northern Beaches,” Mr White added.

Mrs Roxburgh says the site will be listed for sale from 19 September 2022. Staff, customers, and local residents are being kept informed of the changes.

The Belrose site dates back to 1965, when Lionel Watts, the founder of the disability service provider House with No Steps, lobbied the New South Wales Government for a land grant in the Belrose area to grow his organisation.

In 2018 House with No Steps came together with another provider, The Tipping Foundation, to form Aruma. Aruma now supports over 5,000 people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria.

The property is being offered for sale via Expressions of Interest, closing at 4pm, Thursday 20th October 2021 (AEST).

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