Trochu Seniors Housing Corporation Holds Information Session

Trochu Seniors Housing Meeting

The Trochu Housing Corporation held an information session on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:00 pm where members of the public could hear from the architects, housing board, and Covenant Health, and get a feel for the layout and design of the seniors’ housing facility soon to be built at the north end of Trochu.

The building includes 40 supportive living units, 16 lodge units, and 18 life-lease units.

It was reported that the project is progressing well. The design team has been meeting every other week since February and will continue to do so for at least another month. From these design meetings and public consultations, windows have been lowered in the suites and kitchens have been reconfigured. Due to budgetary constraints, the decision was made to reduce the number of life lease suites from 24 to 18; 18 units had been sold already and THC is wary of building a complex too large for the needs of the community. In saying this, it was also mentioned that the building is to be constructed in a way that allows for easy additions should the need arise for a larger facility. There is plenty of land to allow for expansion. A third floor has been added, reducing the footprint of the building, with spaces shuffled to meet the budget while not compromising on functionality.

Some exciting features of the building include an underground parkade with a carwash and space for 21 vehicles, a greenhouse central to all wings of the building so that greenery can be enjoyed year-round, and subject to AHS and doctor approval, there will be space for lab services and a doctor’s clinic. The exterior design elements include hardy board siding, masonry, and exposed timber beam accents as a nod to the agricultural community of the county. There will be a TV room, activity room, workshop area, exercise room, hair & footcare salon, a chapel, and a small store/gift shop. There will also be one guest room available for booking.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to ask questions. For those with shared balconies, a community member asked whether privacy screens could be made of a solid material rather than glass; they were assured this could easily be done. There was also a question about pets; THC President Sam Smalldon noted that they currently are not allowing pets to stay overnight, to ensure the comfort of all residents and protect the common environment. A question about window washing informed listeners that the maintenance team will be washing all windows twice annually.

The project will go out for tender in six weeks, and it is hoped that the THC will have a firm budget decided by the end of August. Construction is expected to begin in September, with an 18-24 month estimated timeline for project completion. $21M of the total $41M has been received for this project.

At the end of the information session, Alan Powell was voted as the treasurer of the Trochu Housing Corporation, after allowing other suggestions to be offered. Trochu Housing Corporation is grateful for all of the community support they have received and noted “We are building this facility so that you can stay in your community.”