Construction will begin this spring in Spirit River on a seniors complex. The province expects residents will be moving in by the spring 2024.
The $24.8 million complex will replace the Pleasantview Lodge and will increase the capacity to 92 units; 40 units will be lodge spaces, while the remaining 52 will be designated for supportive living.
Grande Spirit Foundation (GSF) is the developer of the project.
“(Our) staff and board of directors are excited about this important project for the community of Spirit River and regional area, as it will provide much-needed continuing care units for seniors,” said Steve Madden, GSF chief administrative officer.
Funding for the project is coming from the provincial and federal government: $19.8 million coming from the Canada-Alberta Bilateral Housing Agreement under the National Housing Strategy (NHS) and another $4.2 million will come from Alberta Health. The ‘G5’ (five Central Peace municipalities) is providing $833,000 for land which included the purchase and demolishing of an existing building.
“The 92-bed seniors' lodge will allow our seniors to age in place in their community where their family and friends reside with the added benefit of continued health care with their doctors and pharmacists,” said Tammy Yaremko, Spirit River mayor.
The new seniors complex will be built across the street from Plesantview, Yaremko told Town & Country News.
There are no confirmed plans for the Pleasantview building once it is vacant, said Yaremko.
The province expects it will create about 175 jobs during the construction phase, and permanent jobs will be added once the facility is operational.
The NHS is a 10-year $72 billion plan meant to give more Canadians homes; it works in partnership with the provinces and territories.
“This investment in Spirit River underscores our commitment to looking after our seniors by strengthening continuing care capacity across Alberta,” said Jason Copping, minister of health.
Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News