Crimson Villas, named after Red Deer’s official flower, has officially bloomed.
The $28.3 million seniors housing facility, that is replacing the historic Piper Creek Lodge and Twilight Cottages began welcoming residents last month.
“We are very exciting. It’s been a long time coming and it’s great to see it all pretty much finished and people living there,” said Geoff Olson, Executive Director, Bridges Community Living, which operates the facility.
“Big change for the residents – who went from these quite small, dorm-style rooms to basically a one-bedroom suite. They have room to have their families over, visit in their suites, which just wasn’t possible in the old lodge. It’s pretty fantastic for them.”
The new building is located at 4736-30 Street, just down the street from Bower Mall, on the old Red Deer Nursing home site. Construction on the project started in the winter of 2019 and created about 200 jobs.
At its peak, the new facility will have space for 65 lodge suites and 25-self contained apartment suites, for seniors 65 and over. Olson said a number of seniors have already moved in, but they have spots still available.
The building features a three-story, brand new 1-bedroom suite lodge and the apartments contain full kitchens and barrier-free bathrooms. There are also nine barrier-free suites.
It is also equipped with large lounge recreation areas, exercise room, family dining room, hair salon, and laundry facilities on each floor. There is a courtyard and patios that look out at Sunnybrook Farms.
“There’s a number of games and quiet areas, libraries and patios and sunrooms. Great recreation spaces, we have one room that’s going to be just for exercise and another for crafts,” he said.
“We have a gigantic family party room… it’s just amazing.”