A new lodge and apartment building in Red Deer will be named Crimson Villas.
This new facility, located at 4736 30 St., is managed by Bridges Community Living and will replace the historic Piper Creek Lodge and Twilight Cottages.
The name comes from the city’s official flower, the crimson star columbine. Bridges Community Living consulted with staff and residents to determine the name.
“Crimson Villas was a name that would keep us rooted in the Red Deer community,” said board chair Rob Elliot.
“It will be a home that will embrace a community for anyone who chooses to live here. The columbine is a perfect flower that brings in pollinators to create a fresh new environment to develop their community.”
Red Deer’s website says the crimson star columbine represents the beauty, colour, environmental character and heritage of the city. It was adopted as the floral emblem on March 16, 1992.
The new building will be both a lodge and apartment building, with space for 65 lodge residents and 25 apartment spaces. All suites are identical one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and barrier-free bathrooms.
The provincial government invested $28.3 million into the project, which is located on the old Red Deer Nursing Home site.
Josephine Pon, Alberta’s minister of seniors and housing, commended Bridges Community Living for the “thoughtfulness” behind the name Crimson Villas.
“The beauty of the crimson star columbine flower, as Red Deer’s official flower, will be reflected in the completion of this new seniors lodge that will address the needs of seniors to live in their chosen community,” said Pon.
The new building is expected to be ready for residents from Piper Creek Lodge and Twilight Cottages this spring.