November 22, 2016 1:27 pm
Updated: November 23, 2016 3:49 pm

Mill Woods affordable housing set to open in 2018

WATCH ABOVE: Construction has started on the $42-million Sakaw Terrace facility, which will bring affordable housing for seniors to Mill Woods.

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Construction has started on an affordable seniors housing complex in southeast Edmonton.

An official groundbreaking was held in Mill Woods Tuesday morning for the $42-million Sakaw Terrace.

The building will have 150 suites – both apartments and lodge rooms – along with a commercial kitchen, two courtyards, a communal greenhouse, a salon, and a theatre room. It’s scheduled to be open in the fall of 2018 at Mill Woods Road and 58 Street.

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GEF Seniors Housing will begin accepting applications to Sakaw Terrace’s waiting list in the fall of 2017.

“We attended many community events in the Mill Woods area over the summer, including open houses at community centres and the Mill Woods farmers’ market,” GEF Seniors Housing CEO Raymond Swonek said.

“There would always be a line at our booth of people asking about Sakaw Terrace and trying to get on the waiting list right away. We had to keep explaining that ground hasn’t even broke yet for the building.”

GEF Seniors Housing is an organization that provides affordable housing in Alberta.

It manages over 40 apartment and lodge buildings for low to moderate income seniors in Edmonton.

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