"High end" is a phrase that fits hand-in-hand with a 200-unit independent living centre for seniors now under construction in Pineview Valley.
For starters, the architectural plans call for nothing less than the best finishings and fixtures, said Curt Schlosser, the president of Sun Country Developments, the mover behind the $15-million project.
Each of the one- and two-bedroom units will have exterior decks. Some of the units will have two decks, with high vaulted ceilings. The suites will offer tile and hardwood and premier cabinets, offering a "resort-like" feel.
As well, "Ridgepointe At Pineview," as it will be called, will sit on the highest point of developable land of its kind in Kamloops, he said, offering unparallelled views of the Thompson River valley to the north, as well as the surrounding hillsides.
"There will be some magnificent views."
Schlosser said the building is being developed for month-to-month rentals only. Tenants will pay $2,200 to $2,500 a month for what amounts to all-inclusive living.
"Rent" includes three meals a day, served in the facility's central dining rooms. Laundry service is included, as is housekeeping. The centre will offer shuttle services for tenants to bus routes and central shopping locations. There will be recreational facilities and expansive gardens.
"We want this to feel like a place they want to be at, not a place they have to be at," he said. "We want this to feel like a home."
Schlosser said the idea to develop this kind of facility in Kamloops came as he and his father brainstormed ideas for the property, which was previously intended as the site for a 90-unit apartment complex. The generic rental market went flat, however, while the seniors' housing market is on the rise.
As well, Schlosser already has experience with independent living facilities. His company owns and operates a similar facility in Penticton. That building was a retrofit of an existing building, he noted, while this one is being built from the ground-up.
It will incorporate all the things one would want in such a complex, making it a kind of "best of ideas" showcase, he said.
"We've been doing it for years now (in Penticton), we have been listening to residents. We listen to everybody around to get the best ideas," he said.
Schlosser said the building will also be LEED accredited as an environmentally "green" building. It will use geothermal systems and high-efficiency heat pumps. The circulation and filtration systems inside the building will make it hypoallergenic.
Many of the building materials will be recycled, as will all the waste left over from the building process.
Schlosser said the construction costs for such a building are higher, but operational costs will be less. He expects his company will see a three-fold return on their green investment over its first decade of operation.
Work on the site is underway, Schlosser said. He expects the first tenants will be able to move in by February 2011. Project marketing is just getting underway and his office will record a list of interested people who want to move in one day.
Already he's had more than 20 interested parties call, just from the sign posted at the site.
Anyone who wants to be put on the list for more information - this is not yet a reservation list -can call 851-8999, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The building will be owned by Fraserview Development Corp. and is being developed by Sun Country Developments.
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