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Richmond seeks grant for Kiwanis towers

Richmond city council is making a pitch to the Union of B.C. municipalities for a grant to support future residents of Kiwanis Towers.

Polygon is now redeveloping the Richmond Kiwanis Senior Citizens Housing Society property on Minoru Boulevard. Two towers—296 units—will be rental apartments for seniors with limited income, and owned by the Kiwanis society. Another 335 units would comprise Polygon’s proposed Carrera condominium development.

The UBCM “age-friendly” grant would be used to study wellness programming for the Kiwanis residents in the amenity space of the Kiwanis towers.

Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt noted Monday that up to 592 seniors will live in the towers.

“It’s easy to put up a building, but you want to ensure that the people you put into that building have everything that everyone else in the city has, and that’s a really really good quality of life,” she said.

The UBCM awarded the city the grant in 2008 to develop a health and wellness project at Minoru Place Activity Centre. Since then, the project has been continuously funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, according to a staff report.

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