Frequently asked questions
Want to find out more about Wesley RJ Williams? We’ve gathered your most frequently asked questions and will continuously update this page as more questions emerge.
How does Wesley Mission plan to make best use of the Wesley RJ Williams property?
Wesley Mission is a key provider of housing solutions for those most in need. Wesley Mission is planning to refurbish the Wesley RJ Williams property in Glebe to provide below market rentals to help those people needing affordable housing in inner Sydney.
One of the goals of affordable housing is to help people stay within their communities as their life situation changes, e.g. young adults moving out of home and older people looking to downsize. The property will provide safe accommodation for those on moderate to low incomes and support at risk groups.
We know there is a clear undersupply of affordable housing within the Sydney and Inner West Local Government Areas and Wesley RJ Williams presents a fantastic opportunity to help meet this need.
Who will live at Wesley RJ Williams?
Wesley RJ Williams will provide affordable housing for eligible households with a focus on long-term tenancy.
The property will provide well-appointed modern accommodation for moderate to low income earners of all ages and life stages, with single women over 55 a key area of need. The studio rooms will suit singles and couples, with the 4-bedroom configurations providing an ideal option for families with children.
Wesley Community Housing has extensive experience in managing tenant mix in our existing properties across Sydney, on the Central Coast and in Newcastle. In Glebe the tenant mix will be carefully considered to ensure an appropriate fit both within the building and the wider community to promote and enhance social inclusion.
Will there be parking?
Wesley Mission understands that parking is something residents all over Sydney grapple with daily and has investigated options to accommodate additional private car parking spaces. However, for the property to function effectively, extra parking was not possible.
We recognise that some people need car access; so instead, it’s proposed the refurbishment will include car share parking scheme.
This approach is becoming increasingly popular for people not wanting or able to purchase a vehicle, or who drive infrequently or who simply prefer to use public transport more.
A recent study by the City of Sydney indicated that each car in a share scheme takes 13 vehicles off the road.
We see that as a positive way we can encourage more sustainable travel, especially with a bus stop located only 50 metres away and the light rail close by within a 10-15 minute walk.
In addition, parking for 20 motorcycles/scooters and 20 bicycles is proposed.
All prospective tenants will be made aware of the parking situation and, when considering Wesley RJ Williams, will need to weigh up the benefits of the location and quality of accommodation with their transportation needs.
Why not an aged care facility?
Wesley Mission has been working through a five-year strategic plan including the review of its entire property portfolio to make sure buildings are fit for purpose, provide clients with a physically safe environment and are viable to run for the long term.
As a key provider of housing solutions for those most in need, Wesley Mission has undertaken a significant amount of background work, including scenario modelling, market research, demand studies, heritage and sustainability reviews, specialised architectural planning and community engagement planning in order to present an option for Wesley RJ Williams that will meet our mission objectives, and present a positive addition to the Glebe community.
Based on that comprehensive research and review, the best option is for affordable housing.
While not an aged care facility, we expect that some of our tenants will be elderly.