News Release Archive

A new 25-unit senior citizens apartment complex was officially
opened this morning in North Sydney.

Taking part in the ceremony at the new Queen Street facility
were Housing and Consumer Affairs Minister Eleanor Norrie; Health
Minister Ron Stewart; Russell MacLellan, MP, representing the
Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation David Dingwall; and Cape Breton Regional Municipality
MayorJohn Coady.

The new complex was built at a cost of $1,571,000, with funding
provided through the province, Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation and the municipality.

The new building, with a mixture of one and two bedroom
apartments, was designed to meet the specific housing needs of

As a result of a cooperative agreement between the Northside
Community Guest Home and the Cape Breton Regional Housing
Authority, which is responsible for managing the new complex,
residents of the new building will be able to receive a variety
of support services. These services, which will be provided
through the nursing home, would not otherwise be available in
conventional seniors' housing.

The new facility is the ninth "enriched" senior citizens
housing complex to be constructed in the province, and the
second to be built in industrial Cape Breton.

"I find this enriched setting particularly impressive," said
Mrs. Norrie. "Here seniors can enjoy the independence of their
own units while at the same time they have the security of
knowing that they have access to support services right next

"I also believe that the enriched setting approach to the
provision of seniors housing is one of the most efficient uses
of government resources, and I am delighted that all three levels
of government have come together to make this project a reality,"
Mrs. Norrie said.

Mr. MacLellan said that thanks to the combined efforts of the
three governments "seniors from the North Sydney are now have
suitable and comfortable residences." The federal government,
through Canada Mortgage and Housing, provided the mortgage for
the residence.

Construction of the new facility began in September 1994 and
was completed this past August. General contractor for the project
was A. & R. Venedam Construction of Antigonish, while planning,
design and field inspection services were provided by
Department of Housing and Consumer Affairs staff. 

The first resident moved into the building in September, and
the complex is now fully occupied.


Contact: Laurel Russell    902-424-4988

         Richard Gauthier  902-426-6610

trp                    Oct. 23, 1995