First stage of village nears completion

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 07:03 07/02/2013
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TAKING SHAPE: One of the larger villas developed as part of the Mckenzie Lifestyle Village. The village is a work in progress, which will include 121 villas, 10 apartments and 12 assisted-care apartments once completed. Stage one is almost finished.

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A $45 million lifestyle village taking shape in Geraldine is nearing the end of its first stage.

Once completed, the project will include 121 villas, 10 apartments and 12 assisted-care apartments. It will also include numerous facilities, including a heated swimming pool, hairdressing salon and cafe. It will cover 6.5 hectares.

Work on a clubhouse has started, featuring a range of facilities including a spa pool, library, games room and barbecue area.

A community facilities building will be built later on and the clubhouse will then be turned into one of the larger villas, village manager and sales adviser David Connolly said.

He said development had picked up since Christmas, with a range of potential residents showing interest.

So far the village is home to just one resident. Others are waiting to sell their homes before making the move.

"She would like neighbours," Mr Connolly said of the lone resident.

A rain garden is also in place, which was a requirement by Environment Canterbury so the stormwater does not rush out into the street at once, he said.

The development, called Mckenzie Lifestyle Village, has been four years in the planning and is expected to take up to eight years to complete.

It is not exclusive to retirees as it will cater to people from the age of 55, benefiting South Canterbury's growing population, which was a result of people living longer and people moving to the district from around New Zealand and Britain.

Eventually it will be the largest retirement village in South Canterbury. Strathallan Lifecare has 90 serviced and stand-alone apartments and Mountain View Village has 95 dwellings.

Mckenzie Lifestyle Village, located behind Mckenzie Healthcare on the northern outskirts of the town, is the work of a group of residents from Christchurch, Ashburton, Geraldine and Tekapo, many of whom are shareholders.

The group has applied for consent to get stage two of the project under way.

"Probably in a few months we'll know what's happening with that."

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- The Timaru Herald

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