Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 1:40 p.m.
Search narrows for new Residence location
The choice is down to three now for the site of a new Residence Prescott-Russell seniors retirement home.
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) council approved a resolution during its Nov. 22 meeting to accept the recommendations from Colliers Project Leaders, the consultant firm hired to help shepherd the project through all of the planning demands for provincial funding support.
“We’re now in the process of picking a site,” said Stéphane Parisien, UCPR chief administrator, during a later interview.
There is now a short list of three potential sites for a new Residence. Parisien declined to give specifics regarding the possible location as UCRP administration and the consultants are still going through the selection process, to determine which site would best suit the counties needs and also meet provincial financial assistance criteria.
The final recommendation to counties council for a new Residence site will “depend on the length of time for our negotiations” Parisien said.
He confirmed that the plan now is to build a new Residence, rather than try to renovate the existing facility in Hawkesbury. The current Residence building (see photo) is several decades old and no longer fits the new provincial building regulations for seniors retirement and long-term care facilities.
“A retrofit is out of the question,” Parisien said. “We’re likely looking at selling the property altogether.”