On January 7, 2016, the Springfield Seniors Housing Co-op along with several dignitaries including provincial Housing Minister Mohinder Saran officially opened their project, Dugald Estates.
The opening of the cooperative was the result of years of hard work by a dedicated group of volunteers who wanted to help meet a need plaguing the community’s seniors – a lack of affordable housing alternatives in the area that would allow them to remain in the community they call home during their retirement years. When the Dugald United Church committed $150,000 toward developing seniors housing in the area, it was an ideal time to start talking about how to solve the problem.
Members of the co-op are required to purchase shares currently valued at $89,610 which are fully refundable when they move out. The co-op features seven one-bedroom and forty two-bedroom suites and amenities include an exercise room, guest suite, heated underground parking and a multi-purpose room with kitchen, fireplace and outdoor patio. Occupancy began in the late fall of 2015.
Dugald Estates is the first phase of the co-op’s vision. Eventually, the co-op hopes to have several connected buildings with various levels of housing and services…places that will be good to live in and grow old in, places that are more like home and less like institutions, places where seniors can move through the continuum of care while remaining in the same community and retaining their social network.