HOUSING/CONSUMER AFFAIRS--NEW SENIORS' COMPLEX ------------------------------------------------------------ Macdonald-Laurier Place, a 55-unit senior citizens' apartment complex, was officially opened this morning in Halifax. 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 Halifax. "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 housing." 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 occupied. -30- Contact: Laurel Russell 902-424-4988 Richard Gauthier 902-426-6610 trp Dec. 13, 1995