Sod turning kicks off construction in La Broquerie


 

By Marianne Curtis

   Construction of the long awaited seniors housing complex in La Broquerie kicked off recently with an official sod turning.

   On October 29, the Le Chalet seniors housing complex officially started with a ground breaking ceremony so that construction can begin. The La Broquerie seniors’ project has received support by $4 million in joint government funding and was led by Le Chalet de La Broquerie.

   The community raised $1 million towards the project through various fundraising events and donations from the public and private sectors.

   Provencher MP Vic Toews says that the federal government has contributed to the construction portion of the project while the province has committed to supporting the operations.

   “This project not only provides a place for seniors to live but it also stabilizes the population so that younger people stay in the community because their parents are staying,” stated Toews. “I commend the support shown towards this project by the community.”

    The significant expansion of the Chalet de La Broquerie Inc consists of adding twenty-four one bedroom units to the existing nineteen. They will be rented to low to moderate income seniors. Twelve one-bedroom units will be available on a Rent-Geared-to-Income basis.

   “There is a great need for this type of project as there was no other way to keep seniors in the community,” added Jeanne Beaupre, chairperson of the Le Chalet Board. “We are very excited to see this project moving forward.”

   Once the building is complete residents in the facility will have access to services such as meals, laundry, and housekeeping, as well as 24-hour supervision by a client care attendant. Other easy-to-access services will also be available, such as a common room and a multipurpose dining room.

   Funding for this project was made available through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government’s plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs during the global recession.

   Now that this portion of the project is moving forward, the Chalet board is setting its sight on adding a supportive housing complex in the future.

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