Surrey’s Legion Veterans Village Closer to Becoming a Reality
Development process with City of Surrey progressing by leaps and bounds
The Legion Veterans Village (LVV) development project in Surrey is closer to becoming a reality. The latest design plans were submitted to the City of Surrey and raised for first and second reading at the June 11th Council meeting. The Council approved the project for a third reading and public hearing scheduled for June 25th.
“We are excited to see the Legion Veterans Village project moving along smoothly with the City of Surrey,” says Kirk Fisher, Senior Vice President of Lark Group. “The project has progressed by leaps and bounds and the City of Surrey has been an amazing partner in fast-tracking this innovative project as part of its NEXUS program. We are in the final approval stages and are looking to break ground by Fall of this year.”
The LVV program team is also finalizing its search for a temporary site and location for the Whalley Legion Branch 229 to operate when construction is underway. Several locations have been identified and a decision will be made in the coming weeks. The team is also finalizing the contract agreements with all the operators of Legion Veterans Village.
The Legion Veterans Village is a $66 million social infrastructure investment in Surrey initiated by the Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command (BC/Yukon Command), the Whalley Legion Branch 229, and the Lark Group.
Legion Veterans Village is Canada’s first Centre of Excellence for veterans and first responders that focuses on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health. It will also be an Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation, offering clinical rehabilitation services, research and the delivery of health care programs, services and trauma counseling for PTSD and mental health, which includes advance evidence-based services and programming in health, science and engineering, including innovations in robotics, assistive devices and technologies for injured veterans and first responders.
The latest design plans show the two-phase project, which includes a twenty-storey centerpiece, mixed-use building inspired by the forms of the iconic Vimy Memorial. This building will feature the Centre of Excellence and the Innovation Centre for Rehabilitation, as well as a new 10,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility for the Whalley Legion Branch 229. It will include market housing units, and 48 affordable housing units for veterans and their families. The second phase and complement to the Veterans building is a new twenty-six storey building that consists of 325 market housing units. The two buildings are symbiotic, as the value generated by the market housing project facilitates the new Veterans housing and treatment facility.
“Our project team has been working diligently with the City of Surrey and our new design plans reflect the collaboration efforts by the City, Lark Group and our Legion,” says Tony Moore, President of the Whalley Legion Branch 229. “We are looking forward to the next phase of the project and starting construction by Fall of this year. The Legion Veterans Village will be a beacon of hope for all the veterans and first responders we serve.”
The ground breaking and start of construction for Legion Veterans Village is slated for Fall 2018 with completion date to be late 2020 (pending city approvals). For more information, please visit www.LegionVeteransVillage.ca.