GIMLI, MAN. — Crews are nearly finished work on a $12.9-million affordable housing project in Gimli for seniors.
The new Gimli Seniors’ Residence will be a four-storey, 48,000-square-foot complex with 40 one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental units for people 55 or older. The facility is next to a seniors centre and other amenities to help keep residents active and connected to the community.
Community support for the project has been led by the Gimli Seniors’ Residence (GSR) group.
Once it is complete, the Manitoba government will take over ownership of the building and will establish a sponsor-management arrangement with the GSR group to handle the operations of the property.
“This project means that 40 more families can choose Gimli as the place they would like to live,” said Lina Allegro, GSR group president, in a press release. “We started our work with many stakeholders in 2011. Today, we have the privilege of naming the apartment complex built by the federal and provincial governments and supported by the RM of Gimli.”
Some facility units have been designed with accessibility in mind for those with mobility issues. The building will also have a shared multi-purpose room, common room, kitchen and outdoor patio.
The land for the project was donated by the Rural Municipality (RM) of Gimli, which has been involved throughout the design process. The RM will help offset property taxes for the complex for the next 10 years.
Construction is estimated to wrap up in 2021, with the first tenants expected in the spring. The building will follow the province’s accessible design standards and will attempt to exceed the requirements set out by Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart designation for new buildings.