By Amy Woolvett
It would have been difficult to miss the large trucks rumbling through town last week, carrying components for the Harbourside Landing seniors housing complex.
The first 35 modules have been delivered and will be assembled using a 250-tonne crane this week.
First, the eastern side will be assembled taking about five days. Then the next 35 modules will be trucked in and the process will be repeated until the western potion is completed.
Each module contains two halves of one apartment, or a hallway.
While the modules are placed, the roof of the complex will also be completed and put into position.
“It will be pretty exciting to see the building go up over the next few weeks,” said Gerald Ingersoll, executive director of Atlantic Baptist Housing.
Ingersoll said work is on schedule for the 40-unit apartment building.
“What a great job by the local tradespeople getting the site ready,” he said. “There has been a real quality and ownership on the work they have done working overtime and weekends to keep us on schedule.”
He said he also gives full marks to the committee that brought the project to the area for recognizing the need for seniors housing in the area.
He said that the finished building would be a bright spot on the Sandy Point landscape with a bold yellow siding, white trim and black railings.
Already, half of the units have been spoken for.
Ingersoll said once the first complex has been filled, they would make plans to construct a second unit.
“In every place we have built we have always built a second,” he said of the 17 rural seniors apartment complex Atlantic Baptist Housing has constructed and operated not-for-profit.
“Nova Scotia is the fastest aging province in Canada,” he said. “We go into those areas that are not being served.”
He said that for many of the people moving into the seniors apartments it is often their first experience renting.
“There comes a time when owning a home becomes a burden,” said Ingersoll. “They don’t have the enthusiasm for house maintenance anymore or unable to do the work.”
“Here they can free themselves up and they do not have to worry about a thing,” he said.
The apartments are for independent seniors ages 55 and up.
“One of the best parts of my job and getting to meet the people who move in and hear their stories and how much better it is for them,” he said.
Any monies made over the years on the property will be reinvested into the building.
“I hope we will be keeping this up in Sandy Point for the next 60 years,” he said.
The units start at $925 for a one bedroom apartment and $1200 for a 3-bedroom apartment not including heat and electricity.