Proposed elders’ residence gets rezoning green light from council
Iqaluit Elders Society project will provide housing for retired Iqalummiut
Plans to build an elders’ residence in Iqaluit have taken another step forward.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, councillors approved a zoning bylaw amendment needed for the planned four-storey structure to proceed.
“I’m very happy,” said Jamie Flaherty, who is assisting the Iqaluit Elders Society on the residence.
“I know that it’s needed.”
The project is being proposed by Pairijiit Tigummiaqtikkut, also known as the Iqaluit Elders Society. It wants to create housing for elders to live in so they can stay in Iqaluit as they age instead of having to move outside the territory.
The proposed residence would be located beside DJ’s Convenience Store in the 300s area of the city.
The residence will be for Iqalummiut who want to stay in Iqaluit after they retire but who will not have housing once they leave their jobs.
It will include a cafeteria and more than 40 units with sewing rooms, medical clinic and a daycare, Flaherty said.
Anne Crawford, a lawyer and representative for Pairijiit Tigummiaqtikk, thanked the city for working with the group to ensure the project met bylaw requirements.
The zoning change addressed areas such as the height of the building and space allowed for parking. It allows for the creation of seniors’ housing, with some commercial space included.
“The main goal is for older people to be in a safe, welcoming and social place,” Crawford said.
The bylaw amendment must still pass a review by the Government of Nunavut’s Community and Government Services Department.