has been caring for seniors in this community for over 30 years,” said Mary
Polak, Langley MLA and Minister of Healthy Living and Sport. “By providing
mortgage financing of over $28 million through BC Housing’s Community
Partnership Initiatives, the Province is ensuring this facility will continue
to serve the needs of
“The provincial government believes in partnerships – with municipalities, non-profit societies and community groups,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development and MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove. “This partnership with the Langley Care Society is another innovative way to meet the needs of seniors in this community.”
Built in 1972, the existing six-storey concrete tower, located at 5451 204 St., Langley, provides 80 units, plus kitchen, social rooms, dining room, laundry room, two elevators and above-grade parking. The redevelopment will provide 139 units for seniors, including a new wing with 73 complex care beds and a renovation of the existing tower to create 66 beds. New private rooms are being added to each floor with wider doorways and specially designed windows. The design will include dining rooms and lounges for residents on each floor.
“This groundbreaking of the
redevelopment of Langley Lodge is an important milestone in Fraser Health’s
program to provide a continuum of care for seniors within our region,” said
Keith McBain, director of assisted living for Fraser Health, which provides
ongoing operational funding to the development. “The redevelopment plan for
Langley Lodge will meet the needs of
Langley Care Society, the non-profit operator of Langley Lodge, will oversee the redevelopment of their existing parcel of land. Construction will begin later this month, and is expected to be completed by late 2010.
“We are very pleased that the provincial government has financed the mortgage so we can move ahead with our commitment to expand and improve this facility,” said Langley Care Society board chair Terry Metcalfe. “The needs and expectations of a changing senior population are being fully considered as the shovel breaks ground today.”
Existing Langley Lodge residents will remain on-site during the construction, which will be done in phases to allow swing floors and phased moves. Meetings have been held to inform family and residents of the anticipated plans.
Through the provincial housing strategy, Housing Matters BC, the Province is investing more than $400 million in shelters and affordable housing this year, three times as much as in 2001.
This initiative supports
government’s goal of building the best system of support for seniors in
To read Seniors in BC: A Healthy Living Framework visit: http://www.cd.gov.bc.ca/seniors/PDFs/seniors_framework_web.pdf
Langley Care Society
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