The province approved $250,000 to plan the Piper Creek Lodge Replacement project. The aging 65-unit lodge provides subsidized, low-income housing.

Piper Creek Lodge replacement project to be redefined

Red Deer project receives planning dollars

Red Deer’s Piper Creek Lodge replacement project is going back to the drawing board.

The project was among 14 affordable housing projects to share $5.7 million in planning dollars announced on Wednesday by the province.

Alberta Seniors and Housing says Piper Creek Foundation has been looking at changing the project that was originally announced by the Prentice government in March 2015.

The foundation is now going to receive $250,000 to redefine the scope and cost of the project and for feasibility studies.

In 2015, the Progressive Conservative government announced $12.2 million to build a new lodge to replace the existing 65-unit facility that provides subsidized, low-income housing.

Alberta Seniors and Housing says the foundation will have to go back through the approval process to access funding for its project.

A spokesperson for Seniors and Housing said the department was very committed to seniors lodges and seniors housing in Red Deer and was definitely working with Piper Creek Foundation to meet the needs in Red Deer.

Piper Creek Lodge is the oldest senior lodge in Alberta. The original wings were built in 1956.

Previous plans were to build the new lodge at the former Red Deer Nursing Home site just a few blocks away.

The aging nursing home closed in 2010 and has yet to be torn down.

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