Friday, June 10, 2016

King Edward School Site the focus of upcoming forum on Seniors Housing and Health

The Metlakatla Development Corporation is looking to take the pulse of the community on an initiative that will explore a housing and health care use for the former King Edward School Site on Seventh Avenue East.

The site which has been left undeveloped for a number of years now, could provide the answer to recent concerns about the need for Seniors Housing in the community, with the potential use for Seniors the subject of three upcoming focus group forums to be held at the Crest Hotel towards the end of this month.

The focus group sessions will be facilitated by Kate Mancer, a leading authority in the field of seniors "The Future of Seniors Housing: Planning, Building and Operating Successful Seniors Housing Projects"
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Ms. Mancer, who is a seniors' housing market analyst with Lumina Services has spoken widely on the theme at a number of information sessions and city council sessions across the province, offering insight into the theme of Seniors housing issues.

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The Prince Rupert forums are schedules for Wednesday, June 22nd at 2 and 7 PM and again on Thursday, June 23rd at 10 AM.

Those that have an interest in participating in one of the forums is asked to contact Taylor Zeeg at 778 361-1100 or Shaun Thomas at 778 629-1004

The old King Edward School was closed back in 2001, the decaying structure was torn down by work crews in early 2013 and since that time it has sat as an empty lot between Seventh and Eight Avenue East.

The Old King Edward School site is the topic for three upcoming
focus group sessions hosted by the Metlaktla Development Corporation

Prior to its demolition, the King Edward site was the focus of a number of suggested uses over the years, some of which found favour with those in the area, while others proposals delivered a bit of push back from residents.

While many plans were hatched for development of the area, little had been mentioned of late when it comes to the tract of land.

The prospect of an proposal that not only will help to rebuild and enhance the neighbourhood, but also address a key social issue in the community is one that should capture the interest not only of those living in the neighbourhood but across the city.

You can learn more about the three June Forums from the Metlakatla First Nation website.

More items related to Housing issues in Prince Rupert can be found on our archive page.

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