Kurralta Park artist impression

A $2.1 million affordable and social housing project by UnitingSA Housing, in the south-west Adelaide suburb of Kurralta Park, has been given the green light.

Nine two-storey townhouses designed by Marchese Partners will be built by on the corner of Daly and Mortimer Streets on what was formerly a single dwelling site.

Now that development approval has been granted, work on the two and three-bedroom properties will start in May and are expected to be complete in early 2021.

All townhouses will have solar panels and an energy efficient design to reduce electricity bills for tenants.

The homes will be built with passive solar design features, such as horizontal fixed shades as well as vertical battens for further shading, and have light coloured roofs that help reflect heat.

South Australia has a good track record on water sensitive design and this project is no different, with rainwater water tanks, low water fixtures, six star rated hot water systems and water wise landscaping with drought resistant plants.

Thanks to a $7 million low interest loan through the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), the not-for-profit housing organisation has been able to fast-track the development. The loan will go to Kurralta Park along with additional future community housing developments currently in the design stage.

The loan made UnitingSA Housing the first tier-two community housing provider in Australia to be awarded a low interest NHFIC loan (all other loans had been to tier-one providers).

“The high cost of renting in South Australia makes it difficult for many people to enter the

housing market,” UnitingSA chief executive officer Libby Craft said.

“This development transforms one property into nine modern townhouses, ensuring greater access to affordable and quality housing for our community.”

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