Construction of the first stage of Coastal View is nearing completion. Photo: Kate Russell.

Retirement village set to open in March

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A $190m retirement village located in the Tahunanui Hills is set to open its doors in March this year.

Located on a 12-hectare site near Princes Drive, The Coastal View Lifestyle Village has been six years in the pipeline and will house up to 300 people in a mixture of standalone units, apartments, and care beds.

It is the first Nelson development for Christchurch-based Qestral Group, says managing director Simon O’Dowd.

“Construction is going well, we have 11 houses, including a few show homes, nearing completion. Then we will proceed in stages of nine or so houses.”

The 60-bed rest home/hospital facility is also nearly finished.

“We’re looking to have it open and ready for people to move into by March.”

A swimming pool, cinema, restaurant/ café, wellness centre, dementia unit and independent living apartments are expected to be another 12 months away.

A gymnasium, hairdressing salon and chapel are also planned for the village.

Simon, who is also the national president for the NZ Aged Care Association, says they have had a “huge” amount of interest in the development and they are excited to be expanding to Nelson.

“We had an opportunity to establish a village rather centrally and close to Nelson Hospital – a number of retirement villages in the region are in Stoke and Richmond.”

Construction of the new public road that will connect Princes Drive to Waimea Rd is also nearing completion after some hold ups with wet weather late last year.

Kevin Blair from KB Contracting told Nelson Weekly that physical work is almost finished, with road marking expected to be undertaken this week.