CASSELMAN, May 28, 2018 – A group of local investors have joined forces to build a residence in Casselman – Aquatria, a state-of-the-art retirement home, creating 30 new jobs of which 22 are full-time.
Under construction since September 2017, the 80-unit first phase of the residence is set to open on December 1st, 2018. An expansion plan includes a second phase comprising 50 additional units. According to Casselman Mayor Conrad Lamadeleine: “There is a strong need for this type of quality facility in our village and surrounding area. Furthermore, the owners source everything they can locally, injecting large sums of money into our local economy.”
Many units have already found takers, including some thirty Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, due to the sale of their retirement home in Ottawa. “Our team has been very busy meeting with families and individuals interested in coming to live in our facility,” says Marc Brisson, President of the group of eleven investors developing the project. The owners attach great importance to the quality of the food, the residents’ security and the organization of numerous activities. In fact they have already hired a highly experienced chef, and also plan to hire a full-time recreologist or recreation technician to oversee the activity program.The name “Aquatria” conjures the waterfront, peace, relaxation and holidays. It also includes the term “atria”, plural form of atrium, which in ancient Rome was the central, accessible gathering room of a house, illuminated by a square opening. Aquatria, the community of active seniors.
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