A few posts back I talked about Affordable Housing and how there was a need for it in our community and how we could go about providing it here in the Pass utilizing the CLC site.
Along these lines, Buddy at the Pass Herald did an excellent editorial (see below) in this week’s edition of his paper, with respect to a missed opportunity.
It’s a well known fact that more senior citizens live in the Crowsnest Pass than anywhere else in Alberta.
For unknown reasons, this vast community does not have any ‘Assisted Living Accommodations’.
Communities half our size, for example, Pincher Creek is home to a brand new facility.
How I envy Pincher Creek, home to a large facility that offers excellent accommodations to their seniors and those in the surrounding areas.
Every time I drive past the former Learning Centre in Blairmore I realize what a perfect facility it could have been if it had been converted into assisted living here in the Crowsnest Pass.
It had a full sized stainless steel kitchen, a large spacious dining room area with excellent tables and chairs, an awesome stone fire place, floor to ceiling windows in numerous meeting rooms and excellent fully furnished room accommodations.
Some of the the outside benefits include an excellent view of the surrounding mountains, a location surrounded on three sides by asphalt pavement, numerous handicapped ramps, lamp-pole night lighting, eye appealing plants and shrubbery and a list that goes on and on.
I’m aware of an old saying, “Hindsight is always better than foresight” however, the sad fact is this community should have been one of the first in the province to offer assisted living accommodations to our senior citizens.
I can only imagine the joy and happiness many of our citizens would experience knowing they could live the rest of their ‘golden years’ in this beautiful valley of their choice. At least that’s the way I see it.
Before I go any further let me tell you one additional feature Buddy forgot to mention on his impressive list of attributes on why the CLC is an ideal location for an Assisted Living Facility. I just said it, LOCATION. What better location can one find for a facility such as this than one next to a hospital, hardware store, Sobeys, Bargain Shop, a bank, movie rental place, pizzeria, a convenience store/gas station (open 24 hrs.), Tim Horton’s, while being within walking distance to a golf course and the downtown core.
Personally, I think this mayor and council lacked vision and foresight. I also think they made a big mistake when finding they had no serious buyers for the CLC site in not sub-dividing the property, tearing down the old hospital part with the intent of selling it for commercial purposes while investing in the newer part to upgrade it so that it could serve as an Assisted Living Facility for our local seniors so that they could remain living in their hometown of the Crowsnest Pass. I know of one lady (a former councillor) who dreads the idea of one day having to make that move to another community (leaving behind her Garden of Eden), who would like that very much.
Based on what I have been hearing and reading with respect to how Medican has not been living up to their end of the bargain in constantly asking for one extension after another on existing conditions in the contract (if there actually is one?), and knowing as we do that it is highly unlikely they will be able to perform and deliver on their end of the bargain due to a number of what appears to be insurmountable barriers and obstacles. One of which is the present saturation of hotel rooms in our region. I say we terminate the agreement or renegotiate after sub-dividing and excluding the newer part from any future sales contract and development agreement with these people, or with any other interested party.
If I in fact do run for mayor and am successful, I hereby pledge to work towards this end. That people here can take to the bank.
In the meantime, I would encourage mayor and council to hold off on that bulldozer for the CLC site. Otherwise, be prepared to face the wrath of our people here, especially from our seniors, if at the end of the day we land up with the destruction of these buildings (and a big hole) followed by ^no actual hotel development, as promised.
Power is given to a person, not to oppress the weak, but to support and help the weak.