Village villas coming together

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Stage two of Bupa’s Gore Windsor Park retirement village is well under way.

Stage one of the development consisting of 19 villas had been completed and the 18-villa stage two was scheduled to be completed in late November, although that finishing date would be staggered, village manager Angela Carse said.

“They all have got different finishing dates, some of them will be ready in June,” Ms Carse said.

Stage one started in 2015.

Bupa project manager Graham Haslemore said the forecast cost of the planned three-stage project was about $20million.

Nine villas in stage two had been signed up for and although stage three had not been started, three villas were already taken, Ms Carse said.

“The company is really pleased with the progress we’re making; people have bought off the plans,” she said.

The project is being headed by Mike Greer Lifestyle Living, of Christchurch.

The villas comprised one-bedroom units, two-bedroom a study.

The building of the second stage was bringing in good interest from prospective buyers, Ms Carse said.

“With the first stage completed residents [are] living in the village and the community centre [is] being enjoyed and well used,” she said.

“We can see the community forming.”

The price of the villas ranges from $268,000 to $390,000.

The newly commissioned community centre was the hub of the village for holding events and gatherings.

Mr Haslemore said it was planned to build 29 villas in total, but that number depended on demand.

“At this stage demand is good,” he said.

Mike Greer Lifestyle Living general manager Steve Wright said the building project was trucking along quite nicely.

While the main contractor was from Christchurch, Gore district businesses had also reaped benefits.

“Basically everyone is from Gore,” Mr Wright said, in reference to the sub-contractors.

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