Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Prescott-Russell Residence will stay in Hawkesbury
The counties have confirmed a site for the new Prescott-Russell Residence and it will be up the street in Hawkesbury from where the present retirement home is located.
Mayor Jeanne Charlebois expressed both relief and joy at the news following yesterday’s United Counties of Prescott-Russell council meeting (UCPR).
“It made my day,” Charlebois said. “It made my year.”
Mayor Charlebois and her town council have been lobbying to keep the Residence in Hawkesbury, arguing that it would be close to the newly-expanded Hawkesbury and District General Hospital for immediate attention to any daily or immediate medical needs for residents at the long-term care facility.
The UCPR has been looking at building a new Residence to replace the old one which no longer meets all the current provincial building code standards for long-term care and seniors retirement centres. The counties plan to build a new Residence which would meet provincial code standards and would also have an increased number of home units to try and address the present waiting list for new occupants.
UCPR Administrator Stéphane Parisien confirmed to counties council during the Wednesday regular session that staff have negotiated a successful agreement for a site on Spence Street, adjacent to the Hawkesbury Fire Station (see aerial photo). Purchase price for the land is $1.35 million which the counties will cover through its existing reserve funds.
Parisien noted that construction of the new Residence won’t begin for several years yet as the counties must first complete an environmental assessment of the site and then hire an architectural consultant to design the facility before issuing a tender call for construction bids.
“But we are finally moving forward,” he said.