Up to 300 jobs will be created during construction of seniors’ accommodation which has been a decade in the planning.
The $25 million project, the first vertical-style seniors’ accommodation on the Mid-North Coast, expands the Garden Village community.
The Cascades Apartments in Garden Crescent will feature 52 apartments across two buildings.
There will be a restaurant, cafe, gym, communal areas and basement car parking.
The Cascades Apartments will be built on land adjacent to Garden Village overlooking Hennessey Park.
Garden Village Board chairman Noel Atkins said the first step of the 10-year journey was the acquisition of the appropriate properties and then the development of the appropriate design.
Mr Atkins said they were excited about the project.
Some 47 of the 52 apartments have been sold.
Garden Village general manager Tim Everson said the project was breaking new ground.
He said the $25 million development was an enormous cash injection, and there would be up to 300 workers on site over the time of the project.
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams congratulated the board members and emphasised the project’s economic impact.
Construction of stage one and preliminary work for stage two will start immediately.
Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peter Besseling said $25 million was nothing to sneeze at and he had no doubt it would have a flow-on to the community.
Garden Village Board awarded the building contract to Watpac Construction.
Watpac Construction Port Macquarie branch manager Amos Frankel said the project was a welcome addition to their workbook and kicked off what they believed would be another exciting year for the NSW Mid-North Coast team.
“Being able to help shape the community in which we live through projects such as this is something we are incredibly proud of,” he said.
It is expected the project will be completed by early September 2018.
Click on the video below to hear Garden Village general manager Tim Everson outline the project.