One village stalls, two race on

LAURA BASHAM
Last updated 12:00 21/06/2014

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A Nelson retirement village project is stalled while two others progress.

Oceania Group's planned redevelopment of its Green Gables rest home and retirement village in Bridge St will go ahead, says general property Brett Meyer. However, he can't say when.

The project gained resource consent a year ago but the company has yet to apply to the Nelson City Council for building consent.

Meyer said the company had just finished a significant project, Eden Village, in Auckland, which was in the sell-down stage. Once that was finished, it would look at other projects.

"Green Gables is still on the radar. It will definitely go ahead. We have the consent, it is a question of timing. We have to work in with other development opportunities to decide which is next taxi off the rank," he said. "I am hopeful we will get something under way in the next 18 months."

Oceania has five years until its Green Gables consent lapses.

It plans an $18 million development involving partially demolishing the existing village, building 13 villas around the perimeter and a three-storey central building, with a total of 91 units.

In Richmond, the Tasman District Council confirmed building consent has been granted for stage one of the Olive Estate Lifestyle Village.

Integrity Care Group, which plans to eventually build a $50m village for 400 residents, gained resource consents for the Wensley Rd project in February.

It has just opened an information centre in Queen St and is selling for stage one which consists of 20 villas, eight terraced houses and the Olive Market precinct, which includes a cafe and general store.

Integrity's general manager Kristin Nimmo said some had sold and some were going through to contract. Building was expected to start next month.

"We're pleased after two years of planning to finally be able to share our vision and finalised concept with the community. We're overwhelmed with the response we are getting to Olive Estate and how excited Richmond and the wider community is."

In Stoke, work on the more than $80m Summerset in the Sun village has powered ahead.

By the end of this month it will have built almost 150 homes, 15 care apartments, completed a $10m village centre and a 42-bed care centre.

It employs more than 20 full-time equivalent staff and has had up to 80 contractors on site during construction.

Chief executive Julian Cook said: "Nelson has been our fastest selling village in the country for the last two years, we've experienced huge demand. We have matched the pace of demand with our building programme, which has been ramped up significantly since we started."

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It is scheduled to start the last module of its village centre in September next year with an additional 10 care apartments and 19 care beds in early 2016. "We have another 50 villas to build, most of which are spoken for and are due for completion in mid 2016. We are looking at the options for our proposed apartment wing next to the village centre, which we will update our residents and the market on later this year."

- The Nelson Mail

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