The provincial government asked for a letter of support from Fort Saskatchewan City Council to seal the fate of the old Dr. Turner Lodge.
 
It was a unanimous decision from council to sign the letter, supporting the province's choice to rip down the deteriorating structure.
 
The former senior's lodge was decommissioned two years ago after the province decided it wasn't worth the over $1.2 million worth of repairs and upgrades.
 
"The rooms there were very small, about (20.5 square metres), the washroom in each of the rooms did not accommodate wheelchairs or walkers, the roof needed to be replaced, the heat and air was working but maintenance was of major concern," explained councillor and Heartland Housing representative, Stew Hennig.
 
A plumber visited the building to repair damaged pipe after it was decommissioned and had to place 19 buckets in the dining and common areas alone to catch water seeping from the roof. Monthly maintenance costs were around $12,000, something Hennig said was far too much for a non-profit to run.
 
Though not much will happen between now and roughly into 2019, plans are in the works.
 
"Repurposing it for affordable housing is something that [the province is] very aware of is required in our area and they look forward to that so that we can have something that people can utilize," commented Hennig.
 
The cost for demolition is estimated to be roughly $365,000.
 
The letter is on its way to the provincial government.

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