Diversity Village for Surrey seniors planned for Cloverdale

A public meeting is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Holiday Inn at 17530 64 Avenue, where residents can find out more about the plans

Editor’s note: The image of a proposed senior’s village in Cloverdale that was originally posted with this story is out of date. It has been removed.

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Residents of Cloverdale are invited to learn more about plans to build a complex care facility for seniors called PICS Diversity Village next week at a public meeting.

The Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, or PICS, is a not-for-profit agency that plans to build a culturally sensitive seniors complex care home in Cloverdale.

The society has purchased land at 64 Avenue and 175 Street.

PICS has built two previous subsidized multicultural housing for seniors in Surrey; an independent living facility and an assisted living facility.

The proposed complex, or long term care facility in Cloverdale would have room for 140 residents in private rooms on two acres of lands.

The multi storey building would be made up of 14 ‘houses’, each with 10, self-contained private rooms, along with a kitchen, living room and activity room for residents who share a common language.

The design would create options to place different cultural-linguistic groups in the village. The plans also include  daycare facilities for toddlers, and a Montessori preschool.

The society says the project addresses an urgent need in Surrey. The estimated need just to address the South Asian community in Surrey is 500 beds, not taking other communities requiring culturally-sensitive care into account.

The cost is estimated at $45 to $60 million. While three levels of government have expressed support for the concept, PICS is seeking to raise money through a campaign to help with costs.

The information session runs from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Holiday Inn and Suites at 17530 64 Avenue.

Project consultants will be available throughout the meeting to answer questions and collect input that will be forwarded to Surrey City Council for consideration.

For more information, call Shruti Prakash-Joshi at 604-596-7722 ext 115.

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