An artist’s rendering of Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society’s Lakewood Manor — an affordable senior independent living facility. (Courtesy of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society)

An artist’s rendering of Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society’s Lakewood Manor — an affordable senior independent living facility. (Courtesy of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society)

Lakewood Manor sign signifies progress on seniors housing in Lake Cowichan

Fundraising is ongoing

Signifying real progress, a sign depicting an image of the future Lakewood Manor seniors’ housing facility was installed at 64 Renfrew Ave. last week.

The Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society plans to build a roughly 30-unit, four-storey structure with room for parking at the site, adjacent to the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Lake Cowichan branch.

The project has already been years in the making.

In May of this year, three organizations stepped up to help fund the purchase of land adjacent to a property that had already been donated to the project by the Town of Lake Cowichan, to make room for parking and user access to the area.

The donations totaling $161,000, came from: Cowichan Lake Community Forest Cooperative ($60,000), the Cowichan Housing Association ($51,000) and the Providence Village Housing Society ($50,000).

“We are now moving forward with surveys and rezoning at this point, then funding sources for our project,” said Carolyne Austin of the Cowichan Lake Elder Care Society.

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