Lot A on Wadams Way in Sooke. The District of Sooke has approved a seniors’ complex project for the property. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke seniors’ project approved by council

Project includes 76 affordable housing units and recreation centre

The District of Sooke has taken a step to develop a seniors’ complex on Lot A.

Sooke council approved the project Monday.

The complex will include up to 76 affordable housing renting units for people over 55, plus a seniors’ centre on the ground floor for socializing and recreation. The project will also include space for youth programming.

READ MORE: Sooke eyes talks with CRD for Lot A development

READ MORE: Lot A plan presented to Sooke council

“This is another major step forward in developing Lot A providing long-overdue essential residential and services for elders in our community,” Mayor Maja Tait said.

The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will develop and operate the complex once completed.

The $22-million project is expected to be funded primarily through federal and provincial infrastructure grants, B.C. Housing Corp., and community fundraising. District funds are designated from the Sooke Seniors Drop-In Society and casino funds.

District officials say no contractual commitments will be made until the necessary funding is in place.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Mary Dunn, president of the Sooke Region Communities Health Network.

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with the Sooke Seniors Drop-In Centre Society to develop this project.”

The society has worked tirelessly for more than 10 years to develop a seniors’ centre.

“We are looking forward to putting a shovel in the ground,” society president Carol Pinalski said.

In 2016 the district bought Lot A, a two-hectare piece of land on Wadams Way between Anna Marie and Townsend roads, to house a new state-of-the-art library and other public amenities. Construction of the library will start soon.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

developmentSooke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Man who stole truck and canoe in View Royal believed he was fleeing zombies, court finds

Judge finds man not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder for 2019 thefts

Electrical issue causes heavy smoke to billow from Oak Bay Avenue coffee shop

Victoria and Oak Bay fire crews responded to smoke at Victoria café

Former Victoria Royals manager celebrates Stanley Cup win

Grant Armstrong is now an amateur scout with Tampa Bay Lightning

Horgan frustrated as Transport Canada mandate for BC Ferry riders returns

Transport Canada reinstates rule that bans passengers from lower decks

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Few solutions offered for ‘out of control’ camping

B.C. Liberals, NDP spend millions as problem keeps growing

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

Parksville pedestrian airlifted to hospital in Vancouver after nighttime collision

Police report man’s injuries were ‘significant’ but not life-threatening

Most Read