Kimberley seniors development proceeding

Kimberley Crossing seniors complex moving through development process

Kimberley Crossing is located between Mark Creek and the Kimberley Golf Course.

Kimberley Crossing is located between Mark Creek and the Kimberley Golf Course.

This past May it was announced that a new Age in Place complex was being planned for a piece of land between Marysville Falls and the Kimberley Golf Course. The development, Kimberley Crossing, will be a campus-of-care aging-in-place facility that involves a mix of seniors and supportive housing units, two-family dwelling units and accessory health consulting and treatment services The land is currently owned by developer Phil Salgado from Westcastle Land Developments and his partner Gordon Cory from Worthington Business Consultants.

Last week at City Council, the development took a step on the road to reality with the first reading of a zoning amendment bylaw to clear the way for construction.

The next step is a public hearing.

“We want public input on the concept,” said Mayor Don McCormick. “It’s going to be huge, from an overall construction point of view, from an employment point of view, and for meeting a real need.”

McCormick is pleased to see things moving forward.

“This is more than just testing the waters,” he said. “It’s not the first facility of this type they’ve put up. They’ve done it before. It’s an excellent plan.

“We are pretty confident it will come to fruition.”

Initial plans call for the first building to be the respite and residential short term care facility, which would be three floors high with 68 rooms. The other more independent living facility, which will be the last to be built is planned to be a four storey building with 45 units of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Meal services will be offered as well as many other amenities. In and around these two facilities will be nine duplexes of patio style units with two-bedrooms averaging 1000 sq. ft. each. These duplexes may be available for strata-type ownership. People living in the duplexes would have access to the amenities offered by the other facilities.

The whole age in place concept is that people move to higher levels of care as needed but stay in the same community.