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  NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

2008HSD0082-001484

Sept. 30, 2008

Ministry of Housing and Social Development

 

$28M SENIORS’ DEVELOPMENT BREAKS GROUND IN LANGLEY

 


LANGLEY – Provincial and community partners gathered today for the official groundbreaking for Langley Lodge, a redevelopment that will provide 139 units plus amenity space for Langley seniors.

“Langley Lodge 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 Langley seniors for years to come.”

 

“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 seniors for years to come.”

 

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 Canada and follows through on commitments in Seniors in BC: A Healthy Living Framework, B.C.’s action plan to support older British Columbians in leading healthy, active and independent lives.

 

To read Seniors in BC: A Healthy Living Framework visit: http://www.cd.gov.bc.ca/seniors/PDFs/seniors_framework_web.pdf

 

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Contacts:

 

Patricia Lusic

BC Housing

604 456-8895

604 314-1458

 

Werner Pauls
Executive Director

Langley Care Society

604 532-4216


  

 

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