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The Golden Plough Retirement home is a major part of the County’s budget (11%) and fits with its mandate to provide Social Services in the County.  The existing Golden Plough Lodge (GPL) “long term care home” was built in the mid-1900's and with extensions and renovations in the 1990s it grew to its current size of 151 beds. In 2007, the Province introduced revised standards for long term care facilities, requiring that these be met no later than January 1, 2025. Renovations would be too expensive so plans were initiated to construct a new facility. Significant preliminary work has been done and now the County has unveiled preliminary plans.

Concept Birds Eye View from SouthwestConcept Birds Eye View from SouthwestThere is a significant amount of vacant land to the west of the existing home and the intent is to build a new facility there while continuing to operate the existing facility.   The Town has said that:

“…the new GPL will continue to be a 151-bed home, though the County is exploring designs that could accommodate future growth if supported by the province. …. the new facility will include a mix of private, semi-private and basic rooms. The ‘campus-style’ site plan reveals a park-like setting with accessible trails connecting the new facility with the County Headquarters building and Halcyon Place, as well as surrounding amenities.”

Work done to date as part of Phase 1 planning includes a number of studies:

  • Archaeological Assessment Stage 1 and 2
  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
  • Traffic Impact study
  • Legal survey
  • Preliminary Geotechnical and Hydro-geological study
  • Topographical survey
  • Building Condition Assessment

Going forward, CAO Jennifer Moore said there will be “ongoing discussion with stakeholders such as residents and families, staff and neighbouring property owners”.   The new building is estimated to cost “just over $40M” and be fully operational by 2025.

New Lodge LocationNew Lodge Location - map by Google Earth

Site plan drawingSite plan drawing

 

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