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Construction starts on $86 million seniors home in Victoria

The ground has been broken on a new seniors and dementia care residence in Victoria that will replace two aging facilities in the Capital region.

With room for 320 residents, the facility will be the largest home of its kind in the area

Construction is set to start on a long-awaited seniors and dementia care home in Victoria. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

The ground has been broken on a new seniors and dementia care residence in Victoria that will replace two aging facilities in the Capital region.

With room for 320 residents, the Summit at Quadra Village will be the largest home of its kind in the area.

"As we have an aging population, the more complex the care required. This will provide that," said Barbara Desjardins, vice-chair of the Capital Region Hospital District Board.

The $86-million dollar facility will provide private rooms for all residents and a safe and secure outdoor area for patients with dementia.

It will also feature amenities such as a hair salon and physiotherapy room, along with an on-site dialysis suite.

'Hugely overdue'

The Summit at Quadra Village will replace two aging residential care homes: The Oak Bay Lodge and Mount Tolmie Hospital.

Opening day at the new facility can't come soon enough for Walter Donald. His brother has been living at the Oak Bay Lodge since he suffered a devastating stroke.

"Believe me, I know that the facilities we now have are totally inadequate for the task that they are supposed to be providing for," he said. "It's hugely overdue."

Donald helped advise in the planning of the new care home. He said his own brother might not live long enough to move in, but is glad it will help others in the future.

"He would want that," Donald said. "He would say 'this is the right thing'."

Neighbourhood concerns

Few disagree that the facility is needed, but the size of the building, and the loss of the existing greenspace, has raised some concerns for those who live in the area.

Kelly Greenwell, executive director of the nearby Quadra Village Community Centre, wants to see the design include outdoor areas the whole community can use.

"I don't think you can drop a facility this size into a residential neighbourhood on a former school field and not make plans for those things," he said.

"There's a lot of work to be done still. The thing I like about the shovel digging into the dirt today is that it means we are going to get answers to those type of questions."

The Summit at Quadra Village is set to open in the spring of 2019. 

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