Lodge includes multi-purpose performance space
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Seniors who have built their lives around the performing arts earn a meagre $10,000 a year on average. But some now find themselves living in one of Vancouver’s swankiest neighbourhoods, thanks to a unique social housing initiative.
The Performing Arts Lodge, which provides accommodation for seniors and disabled persons who work in the arts, celebrated its official opening yesterday in Coal Harbour.
A partnership between federal, provincial governments, as well as other donors, the $21-million facility features 111 units. It also includes a multi-purpose performance space and a rooftop garden.
But jazz singer Don Stewart said the best thing about the building is the vibrant community it hosts.
“It’s always a pleasure for me to be here,” he said. “And it’s always a pleasure for me to know if I go away. It’s home.”