Pat De Luca and his wife Celeste are brimming with excitement about the upcoming opening of The Wesbrooke on Nov. 15.
The Wesbrooke is a community living facility for seniors located in Pitt Meadows that offers 97,400 square feet split up into 33 assisted-living, 71 independent-living suites, a dining room, multi-purpose rooms, a wellness centre, a library, billiards, lounges, patios, and more.
"Once the flooring is down we are pretty much done," said Pat, general manager.
"It's all systems go," added Celeste, the business manager.
One of the draws of The Wesbrooke is the already-finished Pitt Meadows Seniors Centre.
"The Wesbrooke owns it and the City leases it back from us. It is run by the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society and Pitt Meadows Seniors Association," explained Pat.
The lease arrangement was facilitated by the sale of the land from the City to the developer, according to Dean Rear, Pitt Meadows' director of finance.
"This resulted in a 40year lease of the senior centre, to the City from Wesbrooke, which will be paid for using the money the developer originally bought the land with. It's an exchange," he said.
The Wesbrooke also has a recreation director, Anita Bettesworth, who will work closely with the seniors associations to co-ordinate activities and programs.
"That way we can offer the seniors a wide range of activities," Pat said.
Another interesting aspect of the seniors' retirement home is its menu.
"Our menu is very unique. It offers heart smart items and any seniors who have dietary needs we can accommodate," Pat explained.
The number of suites already scooped up is about 70 per cent.
"It's been very well received. We have had lots of interest," Celeste added.
The residents are 65 years old and older, but "young at heart."
"When you work with seniors, there are lots of stories, and they have all done so much, and love it when someone listens and shares.
They want security, companionship, and they want to be looked after," Pat said.