Seniors’ care facility proposed

A large seniors’ care facility development has been proposed for the Banks Crescent area in Summerland.

Gary Tamblyn discusses the iCasa Resort Living development proposal at an open house on Tuesday evening. The senior care facility

Gary Tamblyn discusses the iCasa Resort Living development proposal at an open house on Tuesday evening. The senior care facility

A large seniors’ care facility development has been proposed for the Banks Crescent area in Summerland.

The iCasa proposal would have 380 suites to allow people to age in place and age within the community.

Gary Tamblyn, owner, developer and chief executive officer with New Essence Health Care Management Services Ltd., said there is a need for the facility in Summerland.

At present, there are roughly 5,000 people 60 years of age and older living in Summerland.

“Summerland has a very critical need for senior support housing,” Tamblyn said.

The facility will benefit its residents, he added.

“Where we have a campus of care, we live longer and healthier lives because we are safer,” he explained.

The care facility, once completed will be run by the Lark Group, a family-owned and operated development, construction and facility management company in British Columbia.

Tamblyn said the Lark Group has developed and built other senior care facilities elsewhere in the province, including one recently completed facility in Chilliwack.

Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a Canadian health provider, will manage the facility.

While there are steep slopes in the area, Tamblyn said the buildings will be constructed on stable ground and efforts will be made to ensure the integrity of the slopes and protection of environmentally sensitive areas.

The property is not within the Agricultural Land Reserve, but it is within Summerland’s Urban Growth Area. It has been identified for additional residential development.

Tamblyn said the development calls for a capital investment of $125 million.

The project would employ 200 to 300 local full-time workers during the construction phase.

Once completed, the facility will have 75 to 100 permanent jobs and $3 to $4 million a year in salaries.

The property tax revenue from the project is estimated at $400,000 annually.