Plans for Parkland Manor remain uncertain

Demolition is possibility

May is slated as the tentative move out date for residents of Parkland Manor but the future of the soon to be vacated facility remains uncertain.

Contrary to an opinion which seems to be popular at the moment, Rimoka CEO Peter Hall said restoring the manor as a residence for seniors in need of long-term care is not a feasible option.

Hall noted that there are many deficiencies in the current building that would be costly to repair.

“The roof is not high enough and it would be next to impossible to meet (today’s) building standards, he said.

Overall, the building does not meet building codes and it would be expensive to bring it up to code, he said.

“The existing lodge was simply not good enough for the (current) residents and now we have Valley View Manor, a new seniors lodge that is bigger than Parkland Manor and it will provide more than enough space for Rimbey and area in the long term.”

Hall noted that all 58 seniors now living in Parkland Manor will be moved to Valley View Manor. There is also a waiting list of ? residents.

Hall said the Rimoka Housing Board has sent a letter to Minister Lori Sigurdson of Alberta Seniors and Housing suggesting Parkland Manor be demolished and the land be repurposed.

He said Rimoka would like to see senior housing built on the site similar to Legacy Place in Ponoka which is comprised of ‘life-lease condos.

“It has 51 suites and is fully utilized with a waiting list of 128 people,” he said. “The board believes something like that in Rimbey would work very well.”

The location of Parkland Manor would be a great spot for such a complex, he said.

The Rimoka Housing Board has made the suggestion, but Hall noted that the final decision is up to the provincial government.

“We do not own the building,” he said.

Hall added that the government might decide to repurpose the building, sell it or demolish it.

“In the end it’s their decision.”

He added that Alberta Seniors and Housing has been very supportive of the new lodge.

“The proof will be in the pudding.”

Hall is hoping for a May moving date to Valley View Manor.

Just Posted

Notley promises extra $90M a year to reduce waits in surgery, emergency rooms

Leader says she’d keep funding specialized liaison teams so paramedics can get back to work faster

New Democrats would bring in $25 daycare if re-elected: Notley

Notley said the plan would include adding 13,000 daycare spaces

Rimbey’s Hell on Hooves a bucking good time

Bull Riders Canada’s tour stop in Rimbey was held at the Rimbey Agriplex on March 23.

Rimbey Jr/Sr High teacher nominated for award

Kolt Bell is Wolf Creek Public Schools’ nominee for the 2019 Edwin Parr Award

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

Study: Why Canadian police should have a dedicated animal cruelty unit

People view fighting animal cruelty as a public responsibility

One person dead in head-on collision near Stettler

Stettler RCMP investigate fatal collision

One Maskwacis man arrested after gun seized on reserve

Maskwacis RCMP locate loaded handgun during search warrant

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

New UMSCA trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trudeau says he, Wilson-Raybould had cordial conversation last week

Trudeau denies anything improper occurred regarding SNC-Lavalin and the PMO

Most Read