Summerset buys land for retirement village within Porirua housing development
Retirement village developer Summerset Group has purchased land in the northern Wellington suburb of Kenepuru.
The 6ha site in Bluff Rd is located within the Kenepuru Landing development, a joint residential housing project between developer Carrus Corporation and local iwi Ngati Toa.
Plans for Kenepuru Landing indicate there will be up to 800 dwellings on a 50 hectare site transferred to Ngati Toa in a Crown land settlement. Some of the land was formerly used by Kenepuru Hospital, although the current hospital is outside it.
Summerset's Kenepuru village will be its fifth in Wellington. It has three other villages in Paraparaumu, Trentham and Aotea and a proposed village in Lower Hutt.
Chief executive Julian Cook said suitable, well situated land in Wellington for a retirement village was scarce, and Kenepuru Landing was well situated close to public transport and a shopping mall.
The proposed village will have over 290 homes, including two and three bedroom villas and apartments, one bedroom serviced apartments and high quality rest-home and hospital care.
The village will also include a "memory care centre," offering 20 one-bedroom apartments for people living with dementia.
Cook said the care centres were a first in this country in terms of using apartment living for dementia patients.
"Last week we won an Aged Care Association award for the design of our first memory care centre in Levin, which we opened last November."
Cook said Summerset would be building memory care centres into all its future villages. "These centres provide residents with the dignity and respect of having their own home within a secure centre, which is purpose designed for their needs."
About 11,400 people in Wellington and Porirua are thought to be 75 years or older, and that number is forecast to rise to around 15,300 by 2023.
The Kenepuru purchase brings the company's number of greenfield sites to seven across the country, including Avonhead in Christchurch, Richmond in Nelson, Rototuna in Hamilton, and St Johns and Parnell in Auckland.