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Marking a milestone . . . Celebrating the official opening of the lodge at Golden View Lifestyle and Retirement Village last week are (from left) Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan, Golden View Retirement Village chairman of directors Archie Affleck and Nobby and Jan Clark. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

STAFF REPORTER

Cromwell’s Golden View Lifestyle and Retirement Village’s lodge is in business, a milestone that was celebrated last Friday.

The lodge, which is part of the village, features a range of facilities, including a dining area, pool table, library, craft room, gymnasium and relaxation room.

Guest speakers spoke highly of the overall facility, and noted the speed with which the village was sold prior to construction.

ASB client director Ross Currie, of Auckland, said in his 20 years of involvement with life care and aged care businesses he had never seen such a highnumber of sales and expressions of interest prior to the construction of a lifestyle and retirement village.

Chairman of directors Archie Affleck thanked the bank for its backing of the developers and HPA for its management of the village design and building.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan, who cut the ribbon, officially opening the village’s lodge facility, quipped that the village buildings had gone up so quickly he thought the Chinese Government must have built them.

Since the first earth was turned in June/July 2016 more than 50 of the 94 villas have been built, three villas being completed each month.

Residents are from various parts of the South Island.

Among them are Jan and Nobby Clark, who moved from Canterbury to Central Otago after the earthquakes.

Mr Cadogan congratulated those involved on their “can-do attitude” and for turning their vision into reality.

More than 150 people attended the ceremony, including the village company directors, bankers, present and future residents and those involved in building the houses and the lodge facility.