This week Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village secured resource consent under the SHA process from the Queenstown Lakes District Council. This marks a major milestone for partnership behind the development, which is a joint venture between experienced retirement village operators – the Anderson and Armstrong families, and local farming family, the Monks from Arrowtown.
“We are delighted to have had our resource consent granted by Council. We can now get on with the job of building the Queenstown Lakes District’s first lifestyle retirement village”, said Managing Director, Aaron Armstrong.
The families involved initiated the project in response to strong local demand. They have a vision of developing a village in a premium location, offering an unprecedented retirement lifestyle to residents.
“We have achieved resource consent on the back of unprecedented support from the community and the wider region and the QLDC” said executive chairman, Ron Anderson. “We are now in a position to proceed with the Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village, which will consist of 120 villas, 75 apartments, a 100 bed care home”.
The first stage of the Arrowtown Lifestyle Retirement Village will include 28 villas, and initial lifestyle facilities, with construction planned for early next year. “We expect the first residents to be in their villas for next summer” said Armstrong.
“Our location, just outside Arrowtown, is spectacular and the village we have planned will be equally spectacular” said Armstrong. The village will be located on a 12 hectare site on McDonnell Road, neighbouring The Hills Golf Course, and near the Arrowtown Golf Course.
Extensive lifestyle facilities are planned for the village, including a 1000m² lodge with indoor pool, spa, social lounges, gym, cinema, salon, art studio and café/restaurant. Outside, there will be community gardens, petanque, croquet lawn and walking paths.
“Our project will provide employment in the region in construction, operations, nursing and care support for many years to come, and will most importantly enable retirees to stay in the district as they age” said Armstrong.
The Anderson and Armstrong families were part of the team that developed and operate the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village in Wanaka, which has 170 residents and has recently opened the on-site care hospital.