$100m Kapiti retirement village approved

02:51, May 07 2012

A $100 million retirement village has been given the go-ahead to be built in Waikanae.

Kapiti Coast District Council this week approved Christchurch-based retirement village operator Ryman Healthcare's application to build the company's 25th village at the northern end of Waikanae.

Roadworks began on the 6.9ha site at the northern end of Parata St for access about a month ago.

Ryman plans to offer independent townhouses, serviced apartments, a village centre and a resthome which also offers hospital and dementia care services.

The village would be home to more than 400 residents.

Ryman managing director Simon Challies said construction would start within the next four to six weeks and he was hoping to have the first townhouses ready for occupation by November.

The main care facility and village centre would open within 12 months.

The entire development was a two-to-three-year project and access would be from Parata St, parallel to State Highway 1.

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