Sod Turning Ceremony for the New Pitt Meadows Senior's Complex

August 19, 2008

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS

News Release

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August 19, 2008 #2008-14

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Don MacLean, Mayor (604) 467-7337

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SOD TURNING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW PITT MEADOWS SENIOR'S COMPLEX

PITT MEADOWS, B. C. – Just days short of a year following Council's final approval of the project, the sod is being turned on Pitt Meadows' senior's housing facility. A small ceremony followed by afternoon tea is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm at the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre to mark the beginning of construction on the Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre.

The four storey residential complex will provide 71 rental congregate care suites and 33 assisted living units. The public Seniors Centre will be approximately 9,350 square feet in size featuring a large hall and stage, a lounge, and multipurpose rooms. The facility will complement the adjacent Family Recreation Centre next door and will provide much needed room for growth in the type of activities available to seniors in Pitt Meadows.

The Seniors Centre will be programmed by area seniors through a not for profit organization contracting with the Parks and Leisure Services Commission and will be maintained by the developer/operator of the residential complex. The project has been endorsed by representatives of the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and the local branch of Old Age Pensioners Organization and the Pitt Meadows Seniors Advisory Committee, who were instrumental in planning the facility.

Mayor MacLean said “The new Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre is one more addition to an evolving vibrant civic centre. It really will become the heart of our great community-a gathering place with housing for our seniors that we all can be proud of.”

The new development fronting onto 190 A Street immediately behind the existing Family Recreation Centre is just one of the developments beginning construction in the Pitt Meadows' civic centre. Construction is also set to begin on the Civic Square next week and work is moving along quickly on the Solaris at Meadows Gate Village residential complex to the north. Starting this week, traffic patterns will change around the City Hall and Family Recreation Centre as parking will be temporarily accessed from 190 A Street during the Civic Square construction. In September parents of Pitt Meadows Elementary and the Family Recreation Centre are being asked to use the new parking lot off of 190A.

The new school site playground should be completed by mid September and the Civic Square enhancements around the cenotaph by November 11th. The Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre is scheduled to open at the end of 2009. Progress on the Civic Centre developments can be viewed at www.pittmeadows.bc.ca.

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