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The first Olympic Legacy Building in B.C. officially opened in Chetwynd on Tuesday.

The building has 12 apartments and is called Surerus Place. Eight units will be for low-income seniors, and four apartments will be designated for those who require assisted living.

The Province and Northern Health are providing operational funding for the four assisted-living apartments. The Chetwynd Senior Citizens Housing Society will manage and operate the development of the facility.

Numerous partnerships helped bring the building to fruition, including a $90,000 land donation by Lou and Sharon Surerus.

Surerus Place is the product of an agreement between the Province and VANOC. The overall goal is to take 320 temporary modular housing units from the Olympic and Paralympic Village in Whistler, and relocate and convert them into 156 permanent, affordable apartments in six communities across the province.

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