THE Commercial Club is proposing to build a retirement village at its golf course in Albury.
The seniors living proposal will consist of 50 apartments on about a hectare now occupied by the club’s motel and extending toward the golf cart shed.
Some car parking space would be lost if the venture went ahead.
Commercial Club general manager Jeff Duck said yesterday the 18-hole championship golf course would remain untouched.
The club has called a members’ and community consultation session for September 24 to spell out the plan.
“We are looking at developing a community facility which can enhance the operations and profitability of the golf club,” Mr Duck said.
“We have been investigating options or alternatives over a 12-month period.
“This is what we have come up with.
“The status quo remains as far as golf course operations go.”
The club will have to apply to Albury Council for land zoning changes before any development application can proceed.
An advisory team of Community and Aged Care Consulting Service and McFadyen Architects has been appointed to carry out a preliminary assessment of a part of the club land earmarked for the retirement village.
The proposed village would have one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
“We are only putting the feelers out at this point in time to see if this is something we should be going ahead with,” Mr Duck said.
“We are pretty comfortable with what we are going to offer.”
The Commercial Club took over the golf course a decade ago and soon after purchased the privately owned motel.
The upcoming information night is not a general meeting of members and there can be no formal resolution put forward for them to vote on.
But if the project is developed further there will be a formal general meeting called at a later date at which members will be asked to vote on a resolution.
The effect of that would be to allow the project to proceed, Mr Duck said.
A retirement village would be the biggest redevelopment carried out at the golf course by the Commercial Club.
The most recent redevelopment at its Dean Street site was a $4 million upgrade which included works on its multi-deck car park.