Aaron Hinks photo                                 Demolition crews started taking down the Hilltop Medical building Monday. It is to be replaced with an eight-storey, 180-unit retirement residence.

Aaron Hinks photo Demolition crews started taking down the Hilltop Medical building Monday. It is to be replaced with an eight-storey, 180-unit retirement residence.

End of era for the Hilltop Medical building

New retirement residence coming to South Surrey

An excavator plunged into the Hilltop Medical building Tuesday morning, marking the end of an era for the aging health facility.

PrimeTime Living is replacing the 37-year-old structure with a state-of-the-art retirement residence.

Chief operating officer John Hitchcock says the new 180-unit, eight-storey ‘Residences of Abby Lane’ facility will include a movie theatre, spa, full commercial kitchen, fitness centre, library, card-playing room, rooftop lounge, putting green and a pool.

The third floor of the 250,000 sq.-ft. building will be attached to the recently opened Abby Lane Health Centre, located at 15273 16 Ave.

Although the official grand opening for the Abby Lane Health Centre isn’t until June 27, several businesses have started operating out of the building, including Rexall Pharmacy, LifeLabs, Puretone Hearing Clinic, Hilltop Medical Clinic, PrimeTime Living, Envision Denture and Implant Centre and Kay Kennedy Physiotherapy Clinic. Everbean café is expected to open mid-June.

Hitchcock said there are still “a little bit” of vacancies left in the medical centre.

Construction of the residential building is expected to take 15 months to complete, and the cumulative cost of the medical centre and residence is “around” $90 million.

Last year, PrimeTime executive vice-president Judy Freeman told Peace Arch News the building will be the “largest, privately owned medical centre in B.C.”