Points West Living on Taylor Drive is expanding to add 150 more assisted-living units to the north end of the city.
The six-story facility will be attached to the north side of the company’s existing 139-unit building, located north of 67th Street at 6950 Taylor Drive.
Doug Mills, director with Points West Living Red Deer, said the $40-million project will have 75 long-term care units for seniors in need of the highest level of care, and 75 dementia care units.
The existing building has mostly supportive living level four (one level below long-term care) and dementia care. There are also 25 independent living suites.
“It means Points West Living Red Deer will have basically a complete aging in place community,” Mills said.
Saint Elizabeth Health has a contract with Alberta Health Services to manage care at the new facility. SE Health also manages the current site.
Plans for the project were approved by the municipal planning commission this week.
Commercial units will be located on the first floor of the building. A total of 92 parking stalls will be available for residents, staff and visitors.
City administration sent out 27 letters to landowners within 100 metres alerting them of the project and received no responses. The site for the project is currently vacant.
Mills said construction will start in October. Precast concrete panels from Eagle Builders, of Blackfalds, will allow for quicker construction. By the end of March the frame of the building should be erected and the exterior enclosed.
“It should open May 2021. It will be one of our fastest out of the ground ever. We’re excited to get to going.”
Points West Living currently operates the largest assisted-living facility in the city’s north end.
Mills said it was always hoped that expansion would be possible.
“I think the area was under served. We do get the folks from surrounding communities that naturally go to that part of town.”