Seniors residence approved

The approval process for seniors housing is moving ahead in Lumby.

The approval process for seniors housing is moving ahead in Lumby.

Council issued a development permit Monday for a 46-unit residential care facility on Glencaird Street.

“This is a big positive for the community,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“Those seniors in critical care won’t have to leave the community now.”

The Interior Health Authority recently authorized inSite, Housing, Hospitality and Health Services to construct and operate the Monashee Mews facility with publicly funded residential care beds.

It’s expected that construction will begin in November 2011, with the facility completed in November 2012.

The front entry will be on Norris Avenue and 16 parking spaces will be available on the east and south sides of the building.

There will be outdoor courtyards for the residents, including walking loops, shade structures and seating areas.

The property is currently zoned senior citizens assisted living.

“This zone was specifically created in 2007 and revised in 2010 to accommodate the proposed care facility,” said Michael Rosen, planning consultant, in a written report to council.

Beyond providing care for seniors, Mindich is confident the facility will bolster Lumby’s economy.

“There is bound to be jobs from it. They will need cooks, janitorial and laundry staff,” she said.