Retirement village gets nod
Construction of a $40 million multi-storey retirement village in Glenfield will start at the end of the year.
Auckland Council has approved the resort-style village by Metlifecare on a historic plot formerly owned by the Cox family.
The 1 hectare section on Stanley Rd was once covered in citrus and peach trees inspiring the name of the new village - The Orchards.
Sales of the 96 apartments are expected in the coming months.
The village will also house a 36-bed care facility.
Facilities will include a pool, spa, gym, library, lounge, bar, hair salon, movie theatre, blokes shed and vegetable plots.
The heritage listed Cox homestead at the centre of the section will be transformed into a public cafe.
The Orchards will become the 24th retirement village in the Metlifecare portfolio and the second on the North Shore after The Poynton next to North Shore Hospital.
A merger with Vision Senior Living and Private Life Care Holdings in July last year added eight more villages to Metlifecare's books.
There are plans for another 843 units or beds as sites around the country, including The Poynton, The Orchards and in Unsworth Heights, Albany.
Metlifecare managing director Alan Edwards says the Glenfield development will enable locals to stay within the comfort of their own community.
"Glenfield has a significant population of people older than 65, with limited retirement living choices."
Apartments will be less expensive than those at The Poynton.
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