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Village expansion means more aged-care choice for Bay of Plenty retirees

Papamoa’s Pacific Coast Village is set to double in size after recently gaining resource consent for another 120 retirement villas, a larger community centre and an aged care complex – comprising serviced apartments as well as rest home and hospital facilities.

The village will expand to the north along Maranui Street across 20 acres owned by village partner Mangatawa Papamoa Blocks Incorporated – Mangatawa recently donated a hectare of land to Tauranga City Council to enable the completion of the Grenada Street link.

Earthworks are already underway on the new land with the building of villas starting in early January, many of which have already been secured by purchasers.

Graham Wilkinson, director of Generus Living Group (the retirement village company behind Pacific Coast), says that with the village now well established it is time to invest further to provide all the facilities that residents want and need.

“With 40 acres of beachside land, Pacific Coast will be one of the largest villages in New Zealand once the expansion is complete – and possibly the best located.

“We have engaged renowned Auckland architects Sumich Chaplin, to design The Beach House, the village’s main community centre, together with serviced apartments and an 80 bed rest home and hospital facility. With the boardwalk, bowling green, swimming pool and Summerhouse community pavilion, the new facilities will ensure we can cater for every village resident’s needs both now and in the future.

“Many of our residents are young at heart and take full advantage of our “Gold Coast” environment. Importantly, residents are settled and don’t want to be put in the position where they have to move again.”

It is estimated that at least 60 villas will be built next year. The Beach House will commence as soon as final plans are complete sometime in the second quarter of 2016. Work on the aged-care complex is scheduled to commence later in the year.

Mr Wilkinson says an important part of the strategy at Pacific Coast Village is to ensure all facilities are world class. “We deliberately installed an international size green weave bowling green and a 25 metre pool – something that few, if any, villages have in the Bay of Plenty. We use architects who are better known for large houses and resorts, such as Huka Lodge, for our village buildings to ensure a feeling more akin to an upscale resort rather than a retirement village.”

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