Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 3:15 p.m.
Township council asked for senior housing support
The old Champlain Daycare building and grounds are up for sale and a local non-profit group would like to acquire the property for low-cost senior housing.
The Vankleek Hill Non-Profit Housing Corporation (NPHC) operates the Vankleek Manor on Derby Street in Vankleek Hill, right next door to the former municipal daycare (see photo). Gary Barton, chairman for the non-profit group, led a delegation to township council’s Tuesday night meeting to present a proposal.
“We’d like you to give some consideration to a long-term development,” Barton said, adding that the NPHC group would like to develop the property as a seniors housing annex of Vankleek Manor. The non-profit group has a waiting list of four dozen or more seniors in need of living space and the old daycare could be revamped to provide at least six or eight units.
Last year before the Christmas break, the old daycare grounds were declared surplus municipal property and subject to a future purchase proposal call. Barton asked council to postpone any immediate plans to sell the property and give the NPHC time to seek both federal aid and other sources of funding to support its own purchase bid.
“One request, one request only tonight,” said Barton, “that you take the time to make a decision, and give us some time to make this work.”
Council did not make any immediate decision on the NPHC request. The old daycare was listed as a topic for closed-door discussion during the in-camera session of council which followed after the public meeting. The future of the property may also figure into this month’s municipal budget planning discussions.