Lo­ca­tion in­spires new re­tire­ment vil­lage’s name

Nelson Mail - - News -

The $130 mil­lion Arvida Group vil­lage un­der con­struc­tion at Rich­mond West has a name – Waimea Plains. Arvida gen­eral man­ager mar­ket­ing and sales Tris­tan Saun­ders said he re­ceived 250 en­tries in a com­pe­ti­tion to name the mul­ti­stage devel­op­ment, which, once com­plete, is ex­pected to have about 150 one-, two- or three-bed­room vil­las along with 60 to 80 care suites. Three en­trants who sug­gested the name Waimea Plains each re­ceived a ham­per of pro­duce. John Jary, pic­tured, a res­i­dent of the neigh­bour­ing Arvida-owned Oak­woods vil­lage, said he sug­gested the name be­cause ‘‘that’s where it is’’. Fel­low win­ners Phillipa Mitchell-Brew­er­ton and Jo McNabb were in­spired by sim­i­lar rea­son­ing. Earth­works started this year for the vil­lage on an eighthectare site off Lower Queen St.

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