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Affordable Retirement Community Planned for Ottawa

Bruyere senior village plan - addition to Residence St. Louis

Bruyere senior village plan

Just like any city, Ottawa has retirement housing for the elderly, but not until recently was the necessity to build an affordable community addressed.

Bruyere Continuing Care and Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Care Centre are joining forces to develop a $60-million project that would serve as a “senior’s village” in Orleans. The 27-acre area, located on Hiawatha Park Road, would include 140 apartments, a family medical centre, fitness room and shops. The development would somewhat serve as an  extension to Bruyere’s existing 198-bed nursing home, Residence St. Louis.

This is welcome addition to the city as most of the retirement housing options are expensive, and none of them have the full-service aspect that the village would be offering, like the health clinic and grocery store. The development is also expected to ease congestion that retirees experience in hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, the facilities would cater to those with limited needs to those requiring more personal assistance.

Bruyere has applied for an additional $6.7 million loan to the City of Ottawa as well as the Ontario government. Although the funding has yet to be approved, the project is aiming to being construction in February 2010 with the build-out completed by spring 2011.

To find out more about the Bruyere senior village project or to speak to a seasoned real estate professional about finding suitable housing in Ottawa, contact Chris Coveny at