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  Macdonald-Laurier Place, a 55-unit senior citizens'
  apartment complex, was officially opened this morning in
  Located on Ford Street, the facility was built at a cost of
  approximately $3.3 million with funding by the Province of
  Nova Scotia; the federal government, through Canada Mortgage
  and Housing Corporation; and the City of Halifax.
  Taking part in the ceremony were Housing and Consumer
  Affairs Minister Eleanor Norrie, Mayor Walter Fitzgerald and
  Michael Lavalette of Canada Mortgage and Housing
  Corporation, representing the Minister Responsible for CMHC
  David Dingwall.
  The new building's location, which was formerly the site of
  Titus Smith Elementary School, was acquired from the City of
  "With construction of this new complex, it is gratifying to
  see that this site, which helped educate our youth, will now
  be home to our seniors and will therefore continue to play a
  very important role in the life of the local community,"
  said Mrs. Norrie.
  The building contains 47 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom
  apartment units, as well as four one-bedroom units specially
  designed for wheelchair residents. Unique for the project is
  the consultation process which was undertaken to identify
  the design issues and features required to make the complex,
  and the specially-designed units, accessible to occupancy by
  tenants with special needs.
  The minister paid tribute to the Canadian Paraplegic
  Association for its input during the design consultation
  process. "The project not only provides needed seniors'
  housing," Mrs. Norrie said, "it also serves those who all
  too often do not have affordable, appropriately designed
  Construction of Macdonald-Laurier Place began in November,
  1993 and was completed this past April. General contractor
  was Titan Construction with planning, design and field
  inspection services provided by the Department of Housing
  and Consumer Affairs. The first residents moved into the
  building this past June and the facility is now fully
  Contact: Laurel Russell    902-424-4988
           Richard Gauthier  902-426-6610
  trp                     Dec. 13, 1995