Village homes up next month, says developer
Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
The first of the Broken Hill Lifestyle Village houses will be on-site in February, according to its developer.
Work on the $15 million village for the over-50s has been moving slowly since October when ground works started on the old Excelsior Oval site.
After saying homes would be in place by November, developer Robert MacDonald said yesterday it was now "do-able" to have the first houses there by February.
"Things take longer than you'd expect and we haven't been able to stick to a delivery schedule because the electricity company has to do its thing and Essential Water has to do its thing," Mr MacDonald said.
"Over Christmas we lost a couple of weeks. We're close to finishing it off. We just need a few trenches for electricity and we're putting in the house pads.
"It's not a big job. We'll put some bitumen on the road and she's all ready to rock and roll."
Seventeen house pads will be laid out initially, with 102 selfcontained homes being built eventually.
The transportable homes are still in Adelaide waiting to be moved, Mr MacDonald said.
Two have already been sold but Mr MacDonald said they didn't want to take orders for more until they were certain they "could deliver."
The village has been a talking point with retirees, but Mr MacDonald said most just wanted to see physical examples before they buy.
"Most people are saying they just wanted to see some display homes, which is what we're trying to do," he said.
The houses will sell for between $155,000 and $185,000 depending on which of the six floor plans buyers choose.
"The aim is to gradually build up a community there."