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New homes for seniors in Alderville

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY Alderville First Nation Chief Jim Bob Marsden talks about plans for new seniors' housing in the community.

VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY Alderville First Nation Chief Jim Bob Marsden talks about plans for new seniors' housing in the community.

ALDERVILLE -- More housing for seniors is being built at Alderville First Nation to address a waiting list of elders wishing to return to their home area, says Chief Jim Bob Marsden.

Land is being cleared along the eastern side of Minnetonka Rd. for two duplexes, a total of four units, "to help address the demand of seniors waiting to move home," Marsden said.

The waiting list has eight names on it at this time and the bulk of them are from First Nations people living "off reserve," the Chief said.

There is already a seniors' complex of six apartment units further south on Minnetonka Rd. that is full, plus the mixed-housing subdivision on Dibikad Rd. with eight standalone units for seniors has no vacancies, he explained.

New subdivision land has been created for band members who want to build homes on County Rd. 18 east of Shearer's Point not far from the southern shore of Rice Lake and about four of 18 lots are occupied, he said.

But with many people wanting to return to their home reserve "we're short land" looking to the future, the chief said.

This is likely one of the areas of discussion that will take place as Alderville First Nation council members and senior staff meet on Sept. 27 and 28 to develop a five-year plan.

There is currently no such plan in place.

The chief said he hopes "before the end of the year" there will be a new strategic plan in place.

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