A new wing at Spruce Hill Lodge is now open. Kidd mines donated $320K to the new wing. Six new rooms were created at the affordable housing for seniors. Carol MacKinnon, Administrator for the home, says not only does it help create housing, it also creates jobs.

“It’s created about two in-house positions,” says MacKinnon. “Other than creating jobs, it’s given sustainability to the current jobs.”

MacKinnon says that means when there are low vacancy rates, they have to look at cutting salaries. But with the expansion they are able to get back to securing current jobs. She says the new wing helps the independent living seniors home to work on a sustainable operating model.

“With the revenue from these rooms, our operational costs are able to be met,” says MacKinnon. “But we still have to fund raise. Those fundraising dollars could go towards capital expenses and building repairs, instead of operating costs.”

She also says it was a local project.

“We hired a local contractor to do the building. We used all local architects, the building engineers, all of that was local.”

All of the six rooms have been filled with new tenants.

Photo: Serene Chin, the first resident to move in to one of the six new rooms.