Lions Manor residents find room at inn

The Executive Inn Express Hotel on Bridgeport Road is slated to become a new home for residents of Lions Manor. - Matthew Hoekstra photo
The Executive Inn Express Hotel on Bridgeport Road is slated to become a new home for residents of Lions Manor.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

Vancouver Coastal Health is preparing to spend $6.7 million to transform a North Richmond hotel into a complex care facility.

The health authority plans to move the 93 residents and staff of Lions Manor to what is now the Executive Inn Express Hotel, at 9020 Bridgeport Rd., in the fall of 2013.

Members of city council's planning committee had their first look Tuesday at plans to rezone the site to allow the change.

Health officials say the current seven-storey Lions Manor building is no longer meeting needs of residents and is due for replacement. The hotel is described as a temporary home, but no decision has been made on the future of the current site, 11771 Fentiman Pl. in Steveston, according to spokesperson Anna Marie D'Angelo.

"Richmond Lions Manor was built in '72, and at that time that's how they were built. But things have changed. People with mobility challenges have a lot more equipment. With the improved care that we're giving, you need more space."

The new facility will be an improvement from what residents have now, said D'Angelo, who noted the hotel already received upgrades ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It will offer residents an interior courtyard, lounge and activity areas, improved accessibility for residents with mobility challenges and a secure outdoor garden.

"Having a secure outdoor space and be able to get fresh air and not have to worry is very positive," said D'Angelo.

The health authority will not own the hotel, but will instead rent the building. Current owners are listed as Progressive Construction Ltd. and Maureen Ilich.

To set the plans in motion, city council must first approve a rezoning application from TL Housing Solutions Ltd.

According to a staff report, the renovated hotel would accommodate 94 beds

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