Shovels have hit the dirt on a massive housing project in Strathcona County.
On Tuesday (Jul.24), the $32 million replacement project for Clover Bar Lodge was officially started in Sherwood Park.
The new seniors lodge is replacing the almost 60-year-old building, and will increase the capacity from 79 units to 144 units.
"It's going to be an amazing project. I think it just goes to show the commitment on behalf of the federal, provincial and municipal governments to come together and collaborate to make this type of opportunity happen," said Dave Anderson, Heartland Housing Foundation chair.
The Alberta government is providing $32.4 million to build the new facility. Strathcona County contributed 2.2 hectares of land for the lodge.
"We are moving forward on our shared goal, which is to enable seniors to live independently in their community. There are now nearly 14,000 residents over the age of 65 who call Strathcona County home. This number is expected to increase to one in five residents by 2031," said Rod Frank, Strathcona County mayor.
The new Clover Bar Lodge will offer single and double-bed rooms, meals, housekeeping, recreational opportunities and other services for seniors.
Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.