Units in GLBT retirement village Linton Estate will soon be available to purchase off the plan.

Linton Estate developer Peter Dickson told the Star Observer the first stage — or 27 units — would be put on the market for sale in the next few months.

Dickson said people who have expressed interest in the development will be given advance option to buy.

“There will be an information session open for the public, but those who have already put their names down will have first option to come along and purchase before the public,” he said.

Dickson said the information session is likely to be held in late August or September.

Once built, Linton Estate is set to become the first GLBTI retirement village in Australia.

The $26 million project, to be built near the regional Victorian town of Ballan, was first proposed in 2008.

Dickson said the project has been delayed by factors including planning permits, changes in design and a tight lending economy.

Early plans included room for 120 independent living units.

A 2008 study – My People – revealed many Victorian GLBTI seniors live in fear of aged-care services, concerned at being outed and misunderstood.

In some cases, aged-care staff had refused physical contact with gay men in the mistaken belief they had HIV/AIDS.

INFO: www.lintonestate.com.au

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