Two aging seniors homes were demolished to make way for the new Autumn Grove development in Innisfail.
This new development is an integrated seniors independent and supportive living facility with 60 seniors lodge units and 30 seniors apartment units.
The grand opening was marked Thursday.
The total project created about 175 jobs, according the the Government of Alberta. The provincial and federal governments provided $24 million for the Autumn Grove project.
“This is a great day for Innisfail seniors and their families. The beautiful, new Autumn Grove development meets the needs of seniors in this community, now and for decades to come,” said Josephine Pon, minister of seniors and housing.
Innisfail Mayor Jim Romane said the opening of the new facility marks “as significant milestone” for the community.
“We’re tremendously proud and excited to see this immensely important project having finally come to fruition and offer our sincerest appreciation to the many groups and individuals who worked so tirelessly to make it happen,” said Romane.
Connie Huelsman, chair of the Parkland Foundation, which is responsible for the operation and administration of the facility, said the organization is “thrilled” to see the Autumn Grove project become a reality.
“Parkland Foundation is committed to ensuring that our most valuable asset – our precious seniors – have safe, modern and affordable housing,” said Huelsman.