Seniors, school kids to co-exist in proposed Regina facility
4-storey Orange Tree Village proposed for Harbour Landing
- Planning commission approves multi-generational facility
Regina may soon have a multi-generational facility — one that puts school children and seniors under the same roof.
A proposal for Orange Tree Village went to the Regina Planning Commission Wednesday where it received unanimous approval. Regina city council has the final word on the proposal and the project is set to go before council on March 23.
If it gets the green light, the four-storey facility will include an independent school (Prairie Sky School), an assisted-living facility and a special care home at 5540 Waterer Rd., which is one of the new areas in Harbour Landing.
Crystal Spooner, who's leading the proposal, thinks it's an idea whose time has come.
"We are putting people into silos — 'This is where our elders go ... this is where our children go,'" she told CBC's Morning Edition. "Why aren't we integrating them the way we always used to do?"
The proposed building will also include some retail space, a coffee shop, a pharmacy and some treatment rooms.
It's expected the interactions between young and old will happen spontaneously as people come and go from the facility, she said.
"It's good for the seniors," she said. "Depression is on the rise with seniors and it's really I think going to have an impact having the children around."
UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, the Regina Planning Commission approved the Orange Tree Village facility.