Green light for $120 million retirement village development in Greytown
Greytown is about to get a big bump in population and workforce with the approval of a new retirement village.
The Orchards, a $120 million development on the east side of town, includes plans to build 180 homes and 120 care beds including serviced apartments on the 16 hectare site as well as its own community centre and hospital.
Resource consent for the staged development was approved by the South Wairarapa District Council, opening the way for construction to start on the first homes in the new year.
Developer Craig Percy said the project had been about a year in the making and they were excited about bringing the development to Wairarapa.
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"A real feature is the orchard setting ... and it will also feature in the architecture and how the communal facilities will take shape," he said.
The development got its name from the site which was originally one of the town's most prominent orchards belonging to the Murphy family. It was planned to retain as many as 700 fruit trees.
With room for around 350 residents the development would significantly boost the town's population of 2400 and add to the local economy, Percy said.
South Wairarapa Mayor-elect Alex Beijen said The Orchards was just what the district needed and would "dovetail nicely" with other developments such as the new planned medical centre.
" This is a great destination for Wellington people to retire to. Land prices are probably still relatively affordable compared to built up areas. I see this as a growth area," Beijen said.
Construction will be staged over five years with three villas ready to move into every month. By completion there will be around 100 people working in the village including administration, medical and maintenance staff.
The resthome and hospital facility will also include dementia beds.
The facilities can not come soon enough for Greytown in the wake of news this month that the town's only aged-care facility, Arbor House, is closing soon.
The council needed to sign off on a district plan change recommended by a commissioner at recent resource consent hearings. The land was currently zoned rural.
The development has been designed by Designgroup Stapleton Elliot architects from Wellington and Percy said they were in negotiations with local building contractors for the construction work.
Percy expected the first show villa to be ready by May next year and properties available to move into by the end of 2020.
The housing options ranged from 84sqm two-bedroom properties to 200sqm three-bedroom, two living area, double garage homes. The house prices were still being worked out but Percy believed they could meet a lot of purchasers' budgets.
The communal facilities included lounges, a cafe, library, and a wellness centre with an indoor pool, gym, yoga room and children's playground.
Percy said they had already received around 100 expressions of interest.