FORT ST JOHN -- The City of Fort St. John and VRS Communities are working together to bring a 115-unit senior housing complex to the downtown core.

VRS Communities is a registered charitable and non-profit organization with a mandate to provide accessible housing and programs to persons with disabilities and seniors.

Currently, it is proposed to be located at the old Fort St. John Hospital site. The Harlequin at City Centre project will feature 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and studios. It will also include meals, living services, and lifestyle programs that support independent living for seniors.

“This proposed project is an important step forward in addressing the need for affordable senior housing in our community. We look forward to working with VRS Communities to provide much-needed housing options for seniors, and to seeing the positive impact it will have on our community,” shares Fort St. John Mayor Lilia Hansen.

According to the city, several steps must be completed over the next few months as they work towards potential construction starting in 2024. They are still finalizing the purchase agreement, lot subdivision, and various development and building permits.

“With great anticipation, we expect to break ground in 2024 to create new homes for seniors and make a meaningful contribution to the well-being of this vibrant city," stated Ken Fraser, executive director of VRS Communities.

It comes after the previous VRS Communities project near the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa was scrapped earlier this year.