Officials approve development permit for rental retirement residence in White Rock

PARC Retirement Living has announced that White Rock Mayor and Council have unanimously approved a development permit for its 202-unit rental retirement residence. The new seniors community will be located at Johnson Rd. and George St. and will make a significant contribution to the revitalization of White Rock’s urban town centre.

“We collaborated with White Rock city officials to design a building that contributes to the town centre’s rejuvenation and meets the needs of seniors who want to retire within their own community,” says Russell Hobbs, vice-president, Development and Construction, PARC. “With its amenities, services, and natural beauty, it’s no surprise that many want to spend their retirement years in White Rock. The lifestyle accommodation PARC offers will allow White Rock seniors to stay fully engaged in the heart of their city.” 

The PARC project is the first to be approved under the City of White Rock’s 2013 Town Centre Urban Design Plan (CR-1) zoning, which allows for higher density in the city’s town centre. The project will include a 23-storey residential tower and space for dedicated amenities. Three street-level commercial units and a seniors-oriented fitness centre (open to both resident and non-resident seniors) are also part of the project.

Consistent with White Rock’s town centre planning, the project will include pedestrian mews to connect George St. and Johnston Rd. foot traffic. White Rock PARC will be built to LEED Gold standards and will employ European building technologies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas generation.

PARC’s independent living rental suites are complemented by a range of services including full meals, housekeeping, laundry service, maintenance and on-site professional services. Entertainment, fitness and recreation are also included. The residents will enjoy numerous outdoor patios and a permanent greenhouse where they can garden and gather in sun-filled and shaded areas.

PARC Retirement Living will actively contribute to White Rock community life through its support of programs and events that meaningfully enhance the lives of seniors in the city. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Photo courtesy of Simone Abt

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