The Bethany Group steps away from Rimbey housing foundation

The Bethany Group has cut its ties with the Rimoka Housing Foundation only months before construction begins on a major seniors home project.

The Bethany Group has cut its ties with the Rimoka Housing Foundation only months before construction begins on a major seniors home project.

Rimbey Mayor Rick Pankiw said Bethany announced it was resigning as the management body for the housing foundation, a role it has had since 2011.

The management change will mean “absolutely nothing” to the time line for the proposed 80-unit $17-million Rimbey seniors complex. Construction is expected to begin in early spring with a fall 2017 finish.

Pankiw said the drawings are now complete and the next step will be to run them by the provincial government before putting the project out to tender later this month.

“Everything’s proceeding,” he said, adding current seniors home residents will not be affected. Parkland Manor has 63 rooms and is expected to be reused after the new complex is built.

“The Rimoka board will ensure residents continue to provide the same quality of life and services present enjoyed, and a smooth transition to new management,” said Pankiw on Tuesday.

Rimoka’s board has a meeting set for Thursday when a new manager will be chosen.

Pankiw could not comment on why Bethany is pulling out.

“You would have to talk to them.”

Bethany was called for comment but did not reply on Tuesday.