Last November then-Warden Robert Kirby sent Hawkesbury Mayor Paula Assaly a letter about the delay in discussions between officials for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and Hawkesbury, over the cost for building permits needed to let project construction go ahead.
“Despite the willingness of the UCPR and the town to find common ground, no agreement has been reached to date,” stated Kirby in the letter.
The site for the new PR Residence is on Spence Street, adjacent to the Hawkesbury Fire Hall and close to the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital. The new site is also just a few blocks up from the present Residence facility, located on Cartier Boulevard.
The goal is to have the new 224-bed facility ready for occupancy by December 2023. But the UCPR needs the building permits approved before construction can start this spring. The UCPR is trying to negotiate a “reasonable price on the cost of the permits”, to help reduce the overall cost of the project to Prescott-Russell taxpayers.
Hawkesbury sent a reply January 6, 2020, asking the UCPR to provide “a complete building permit application” with all information and plans on the project “as soon as possible”, so that town council can review and respond to the request for a package price on building permits for the new PR Residence.