With more than two years passing since millions of dollars of provincial and federal funding was announced for the construction of a new facility to replace the aging Autumn Glen Lodge for seniors, the Alberta government has finally selected an architect for the project.
The Parkland Foundation, which is responsible for the operation and administration of Innisfail’s Autumn Glen Lodge, recently announced in a media release the provincial government chose JMAA architecture from Red Deer to be the architect for the project with initial design work beginning “shortly.
“Seniors built this province and they deserve to retire in dignity. That’s why our government is making life better for seniors by investing in projects like the new lodge in Innisfail,” said Lori Sigurdson, minister of seniors and housing in the media release. “Parkland Foundation is making great progress on this important lodge which will provide safe and affordable housing for seniors. I look forward to its completion.”
The latest announcement comes more than two years after the former provincial Progressive Conservative (PC) government, in collaboration with the federal government, approved funding of up to $17.6 million for the project, which will replace Autumn Glen Lodge and Poplar Grove Court on the five-acre parcel of land at 4035 – 50th Ave.
“We are excited to see the beginning of the new lodge and seniors’ independent living building taking shape,” said Connie Huelsman, the foundation’s chair of the board, in the most recent media release. “We are working closely with government on this project and will keep our community involved in its progress.”
Foundation officials had been working since early 2012 on the replacement project when a $99,000 feasibility study was launched to determine the best housing option for Autumn Glen’s future. The 57-year-old assisted living lodge, a 62-room low-income facility for Central Alberta seniors, had become increasingly inadequate for both staff and residents.
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