Innisfail Mayor Jim Romaine was one of the officials who spoke at the official construction announcement for the new Autumn Glen Lodge on Wednesday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

New housing for seniors under construction in Innisfail

60 lodge units and 30 self-contained apartments

INNISFAIL – A new seniors lodge and housing project announced almost four years ago is finally under construction.

The new Autumn Glen Lodge, with 60 lodge units and 30 self-contained apartments, will replace the 62-unit Autumn Glen Lodge, at 4045 50th Ave., and the neighbouring Poplar Glen Court, which has 16 self-contained suites.

“There is such a need for updated seniors housing. The lodge it’s replacing was built in 1957, one of the oldest lodges in the province. Seniors deserve to live in comfort in their declining years,” said Red Deer-South MLA Barb Miller, who made the announcement Wednesday on behalf of the government.

The project was announced by the previous Conservative government in March 2015 and construction was to be complete by early 2018.

Miller said construction was delayed because more consultation was required in the surrounding area.

“It was a project that took a while, but we got what was needed, where it was needed, and it’s going to be huge for the area. It’s much larger and I just think it’s great for the community,” Miller said.

In 2015, the provincial and federal governments each committed $8.8 million for what was going to be a $17.6-million project. Now, the province and federal government will each contribute $12.1 million to the $24.2-million project.

The facilities will be operated by a partnership of the Parkland Foundation and Bethany Group.

“It’s been a long time coming. We just never gave up on it. Our government has acknowledged it is a need in this area. For that, we thank both the governments of Canada and Alberta,” said Connie Huelsman, chair of the Parkland Foundation and a Red Deer County councillor.

She said lobbying efforts for seniors to be able to access a higher level of care at the facility will continue.

Construction began in September and it should be finished in 2020.

When Miller was asked if the province will be making an announcement soon about the expansion of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, she said the business case is underway to determine exactly what needs to be done.

“We know the need is critical,” Miller said.

“Nothing can be announced about the Red Deer hospital until the business case is finished.”

Funding for the study was announced in the spring and it usually takes about a year to complete, she said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Festival of Trees volunteers honoured at breakfast

This year’s Festival of Trees was able to provide the Red Deer… Continue reading

Two Red Deer filmmakers are finalists in web-series contest

Angel Peterson and Jason Steele are each creating pilot episodes with $20,000 prize

Sexual predator preyed on his own young daughter and niece

Eckville man sexually assaulted numerous children as young as two for nearly a decade

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

OTTAWA — Signs began to emerge Friday that the coming race to… Continue reading

Man who tried to kill Edmonton police officer, pedestrians sentenced to 28 years

EDMONTON — A man convicted of attacking an Edmonton police officer and… Continue reading

Drug bust: Red Deer RCMP seize drugs, cash, vehicles

Criminals are getting creative. Red Deer RCMP have seized cash and vehicles… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Thursday Join us at the Senior Center Downtown House (5414 43 St.… Continue reading

Regina police say male driver dies at scene after collision with large truck

REGINA — Police in Regina are investigating a fatal crash in the… Continue reading

From fourth place, Singh says he’d rather push Liberals than work with Tories

OTTAWA — The New Democratic Party is sitting in fourth place after… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $31 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $31 million jackpot… Continue reading

Vancouver homeless camp brings community, safety, home, says resident

VANCOUVER — Standing out in the rain on a path between tents… Continue reading

Advocate says Winnipeg must tackle poverty, addictions to end violent crime

WINNIPEG — A recent spike in violent crime in Manitoba’s capital has… Continue reading

Grizzly bears move north in High Arctic as climate change expands range

Some unlikely neighbours are moving in around the northernmost communities of the… Continue reading

Lawyers for QuadrigaCX clients request exhumation of late founder’s remains

HALIFAX — Lawyers for clients who lost millions in the bankruptcy of… Continue reading

Most Read