Update : GISRA / Meadowlane Project
More news about Meadowlane, Salt Spring Island's Newest Seniors' Housing Project
The Gulf Islands Seniors Residence Association (GISRA) recently received good news on several fronts regarding Meadowlane, Salt Spring's new seniors' housing project.
Meadowlane, a 48-unit residential facility, will offer affordable independent living for a community of seniors aged 65+. The facility will also include the new home of the Salt Spring Seniors Service Society and The Salt Spring Community Hub – a collection of common area spaces for community use. The medical clinic that has been on the site for years will remain open and active.
Recent updates on the project include the final few steps in the zoning process as well as ongoing discussions with federal/provincial granting agencies. In addition, a Housing Agreement between the Island Trust and GIRSA has been approved; an agreement has been made with the CRD to connect Meadowlane to the Ganges sewer system; Island Health completed a quality analysis of the wells and has issued their Source Approval; and most recently, the Departments of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO) has issued the much anticipated Well Licenses.
Water is always a concern on Salt Spring and Meadowlane is in a unique situation. The Meadowlane property has three wells - one shallow well that has been on site for decades and will be dedicated to landscape and general maintenance, and two other wells, each with excellent quality and quantities of water that can supply all of the water required for the project by Island Health regulations.
Meadowlane will also use water catchment from the roof and will store it in an underground vault. This will be used for landscaping as well as by the Fire Service in the case of a fire on the property or in the adjacent area. The size of the storage vault may provide added assurance to the neighbourhood surrounding Meadowlane – including the Lady Minto Hospital, that there will always be an abundant supply of water in the event of an emergency.
This progress and additional actions just around the corner are very exciting for GISRA and its many supporters. The not-for-profit society hopes to see construction begin in the coming months and the building open in the fall of 2021. GISRA looks forward to keeping the community up-to-date as construction begins.
For more information contact Janet Smith 250-931-1235 or Richard Walker 250-537-7109.