Sunridge Village treats Cassians for 30th anniversary

2015-10-21 06:00
Cassia Gardens residents enjoy lunch at the Buzz Factory to celebrate the retirement village’s 30th anniversary. The treat was arranged by Sunridge Village Shopping Centre whose shop owners have a very special relationship with the Cassians.

Cassia Gardens residents enjoy lunch at the Buzz Factory to celebrate the retirement village’s 30th anniversary. The treat was arranged by Sunridge Village Shopping Centre whose shop owners have a very special relationship with the Cassians.

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SUNRIDGE Village Shopping Centre recently treated residents of Cassia Gardens to lunch at The Buzz Factory to celebrate the retirement village’s 30th anniversary.

According to Suzanne Fincham of Centre Management, the Cassians, as the residents call themselves, have a special relationship with the shop owners at Sunridge Village and it was therefore quite apt that they should be treated by the Centre on this special occasion.

Cassia Gardens was developed by Methodist Homes for the Aged in Cassia Drive, Sunridge Park.

The first 31 two-bedroom cottages of the village, each costing R46 000, and 13 one-bedroom cottages, costing R34 000, were taken occupation of on March 31, 1985. The Village was officially opened on Saturday, August 3, 1985.

According to one of the first residents, there were no roads, no outside lighting, no phones, no lawns and lots of crickets, scorpions and bullfrogs at the time.

In September 1997 additional land, adjacent to Cassia Gardens, was bought and phase two started in January 1998 with the construction of 17 new cottages, at a cost of R184 000 for a 97-square metre cottage and R210 000 for a 106 square metre cottage.

In 2004 Phase 3, comprising two more cottages, was built.

In the 19 years since phase 1 the cost of similar-sized units escalated from R46 000 to R210 000 in phase two, to R401 500 in Phase 3.

In recent years another six cottage complexes have been developed or acquired, as well as two frail care facilities, two bedsitter apartment blocks and a head office building

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