First wing of Selma Carlson Place to open in February

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK — Standing inside Selma Carlson Place on Churchill Cresent, there are no reminders of the building’s predecessor.

Marine Group of Companies purchased the property, home to the old Corner Brook Inter-faith Home for Senior Citizens, from Western Health last July. By December, the company had started to transform the building into an apartment complex for mature individuals.

Rob Payne, project manager for the company, said getting the project from start to where it is today, almost a year later, involved a lot of work.

“First we had to do demolition, full demolition, of the old inter-faith home right down to the structural steel and concrete,” he said. “And actually we removed a fair bit of concrete as well as we found it not to be structurally sound.

“We didn’t get the benefits from the old girl that we thought we would.”

Construction then included the addition of another floor to accommodate the 40 units in the building. There will be 12 in the north wing, 16 in the central wing and 12 in the south wing. There are some one-bedroom apartments, but Payne said the majority are two bedroom. Some of the two-bedroom units are larger and include two bathrooms and a den. Rent will start at around $900 a month for the smaller units.

The 12 units in the north wing will be ready for occupancy in February. Payne said most only need the finishing touches of baseboards, fixture covers and appliances installed before being ready.

All but one of the units in the wing has been rented.

“The interest has been really good,” said Payne and noted that is without doing any marketing.

While construction is ongoing in all three wings, Payne said the central one will be the next to open, followed by the south wing. He said residents don’t have to be concerned about the sounds of construction as each wing is separated from the others with a common stairwell/entry way and soundproofed.

The building will be entirely accessible with a number of accessible units. There is an elevator in the facility, it has onsite storage areas for residents and laundry facilities are included in each unit.

There is also a multipurpose room, complete with a kitchen and bathroom, for tenant use. The exterior of the property has also been changed and can now accommodate parking for about 80 vehicles.

Payne said the potential of the location is what appealed to the company.

“Well just look out the window,” said Payne while touring one of the units in the north wing of the complex. “You’ve got doctors offices, you’ve got the pharmacy, you’ve got the grocery store, you’re on the bus route.”

And in the surrounding area there is the Arts and Culture Centre, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Margaret Bowater Park.

With everything the location has to offer Payne said the company believes it will also appeal to future residents.

Of the units that have already been rented, Payne said everybody wanted to be on the front of the building and pointed to the view out the Bay of Islands.

Payne also believes the convenience of the building is something potential residents will like.

“Retired couples that are looking to downsize from their family homes and not have to do the snowclearing, and putting the garbage out and just property maintenance,” he said. “Let someone else worry about that stuff.”

Organizations: Senior Citizens, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Margaret Bowater Park.With

Geographic location: Bay of Islands.Payne

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