Frankie's Place opens in Grand Tracadie

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APM looking at building more seniors' housing units in rural P.E.I.

Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey and Premier Robert Ghiz stand beside Frankie’s Place resident Betty Gibbs as she cuts the opening ribbon of her new home in Grand Tracadie. Local MLA Buck Watts and Father Charles Cheverie also participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new seniors’ apartment complex.

GRAND TRACADIE – A new apartment complex in Grand Tracadie could be the beginning for APM of building senior's housing units in rural locations.

Located at the corner of Route 6 and Watts Road, Frankie's Place is named in honour of Carrie MacNabb’s late uncle, Frankie MacNabb. Carrie is married to APM's chief executive officer, Tim Banks.

“It is a memoriam to Frankie and his mother, Mae, whose families, the MacKinnons and MacNabbs, lived on the site for well over 100 years,” states a news release from APM.

Frankie's Place held an official opening on Friday along with an open house during the weekend.

Frankie’s Place has eight apartments with in-floor heating, large rooms, storage and natural light.

"The complex is a secure, senior-friendly facility that will allow residents to stay in their rural community well into retirement," states the release.

Banks said while moving is a major decision for seniors, it may be the right one for many.

"Residents will not have to worry about the cost and work involved with maintaining a home. With the low rental rates we are offering, making the move to Frankie’s Place might just make sense. We expect Frankie’s Place to be fully occupied this winter because of the rental incentives we are offering. Anyone who is interested can contact us for more information.”

Banks said Metro Credit Union had a key role in the project and that he hopes to build more such senior's units in rural Island communities in the future.

Organizations: Tim Banks, Metro Credit Union

Geographic location: Grand Tracadie, P.E.I., Watts Road Iceland

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  • sonia macdonald
    November 24, 2012 - 20:42

    My mother, Betty Gibbs, is in the photo and I live directly across the road from Frankie's Place. I am so grateful that she lives close by and I know that she is happy and contented to be able to stay in her community.

  • Is it just me?
    November 20, 2012 - 13:43

    Is it just me, or does the image of Vessey and Ghiz in the same photo op make anyone else physically sick? How can that even be possible? I actually voted for one of them! Hmmm, perhaps that's the reason . . . guess I need therapy.

  • ML
    November 20, 2012 - 08:21

    I think it is great keeping seniors in the area that is familiar to them. I do see one major potential problem though...what do they do about shopping and groceries? If there is a senior shuttle that is great but without a vehicle or if you do not drive anymore you are out of luck. I would like to see APM/Government do the same for low income families as well and single families on lower incomes.

    • you said it all
      November 20, 2012 - 10:30

      APM/Government - you got that right!

  • hmmm
    November 20, 2012 - 00:08

    While it's a good idea to have seniors' housing in rural areas where they've lived and have ties. the only issues I have are that last time I looked, APM wa a private company and therefore will likely be aiming to make a profit out of this project. If the rents really are quite low, I would be suspicious that 1) APM has had a grant of some kind or 2) APM is getting cheap financing from somewhere. Why 3 politicians in the photo, none of them the Minister of Community Services and Seniors (Hon. Valerie E. Docherty)?

  • Senior
    November 19, 2012 - 20:03

    So, do you have to be Liberal to rent there?

  • johnny cash
    November 19, 2012 - 17:23

    If ghiz is in the pic i bet there is public money involved otherwise why taint your project with this photo op for 2 (unknown to them) washed up politicians? Wonderful for seniors to stay in their community? Ask what the total monthly fee's are then we can judge.

  • Sylvia
    November 19, 2012 - 16:48

    I think this is a great idea and having Fr. Cheverie and Betty Gibbs in the photo is also a good idea. What I don't understand is why every time there's a photo of an opening, politicians have to be in the photo. Instead of 3 politicians in this photo, I think it would have been nicer to have some more residents.

  • Great Job Mr. Ghiz
    November 19, 2012 - 15:58

    I think our premier Mr. Robert Ghiz does a great job cutting ribbons.

  • Tom
    November 19, 2012 - 15:32

    WHY does there have to be negative comments posted on this forum about anything that helps seniors, APM is a private company and can invite whom ever they desire. And by the posting's one can certainly see what side of the fence the posters are on.

    • fence sitter
      November 20, 2012 - 00:13

      I really hope this housing does help seniors and isn't too expensive for them. Yes - APM is a private company, so why would they want to invite 3 politicians and take the limelight away from themselves unless the government is involved in some way? In which case it should be disclosed, if our money has been used.

    • Good Question Tom
      November 20, 2012 - 07:36

      Good Question Tom - but I don't think the answer rests with the issue of seniors or APM or even capitalism. The answer rests with bad politicians. Once a politician becomes toxic, they serve as a virus that contaminates anything and anyone with whom they associate. Once those bad politicians become a critical mass of toxicity, like this government, they infect and poison everything they touch - be it a good project or not. If someone has a better explanation, I hope they share it.

  • Wondering
    November 19, 2012 - 15:06

    Minister + Premier + Real Estate Developer + MLA + Priest = there must be an oil well in a back yard...

  • why
    November 19, 2012 - 14:23

    If I built a new private apartment building I wouldn't have the Premier & 2 MLA's turning out for a photo op - so come on, Guardian, tell the whole story! Is this provincially owned housing or private? If private, has APM had a "loan" of more of our tax dollars to build it? What's the connection with govt?

    • Ed McQuaid
      November 19, 2012 - 15:14

      I think this is a wonderful idea and Mr.. Banks and the MacNabbs are to be complimented on this initiative. Additional complexes such as this throughout PEI would be very worthwhile and allow seniors to remain in their community. Its unfortunate that PEI has so many WHY citizens. Surely a good idea can be acknowledged regardless of political colors. The Ropeman