By Marianne Curtis
On June 26 the community of La Broquerie celebrated the long awaited opening of Le Chalet de La Broquerie, a 24-unit building that will enhance housing quality and accessibility for seniors in
Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to officially congratulate the community for meeting the demand for seniors housing in the area.
“Funding projects like Le Chalet de La Broquerie will not only improve the overall housing conditions for seniors in La Broquerie, but also help stimulate the local economy and create jobs,” stated Toews at the opening.
Armand Leclerc, Chairman for the Board for Le Chalet de La Broquerie believes the new facility will help keep residents within the community.
“It will keep the elderly in our town,” Leclerc says. “Before when residents needed more care they would go to St. Anne, Steinbach or Niverville. Now we will be able to keep our seniors in our town.”
The assisted living apartment complex incorporates a geothermal heating/cooling system and mobility enhanced features. Twelve of the units are rented to tenants based on income. Tenants of the new building are connected to the existing senior complex of Le Chalet de La Broquerie via a covered walkway on the same site.
Residents in the facility have access to services such as meals, laundry, and housekeeping, as well as 24-hour supervision by a client care attendant. There will also be double occupancy units will including one bedroom, and single occupancy loft-like units. Other easy-to-access services are available, such as a common room and a multipurpose dining room.
The significant expansion of the Chalet de La Broquerie Inc consists of adding twenty-four new units to the existing nineteen. Twelve are specifically for frail elders. The twenty-four suite apartment complex, located at 93 Principale Street in La Broquerie, had more than $4.9 million in federal and provincial investment and was developed by Le Chalet de La Broquerie Inc. The community of La Broquerie raised $1 million of the project through various fundraising activities.