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County seeks path for $142.5 million seniors community, Manor redevelopment

Posted April 18, 2018

Simcoe County councillors will be asked next Tuesday morning to support a recommendation triggering the creation of a formal business plan, including the financial implications of developing a two phase "Campus Continuum model that includes additional seniors housing and amenities" anchored by a 160-bed redevelopment of Simcoe Manor.

Whether that would take place in Beeton will depend on the County's ability to assemble an overall 30 acres of land to accommodate the proposed 12 buildings to be constructed over two phases. Simcoe Manor and Simcoe Village currently occupy about eight acres.

Phase 1, at an estimated cost of $90 million, includes the following:

  • Long term care home - Replace the current 126-bed Simcoe Manor with a new building able to accommodate 160 beds;
  • Supportive housing - Redevelop the existing 32-unit Simcoe Village;
  • Adult day program - Redevelop and expand the existing program operated by the VON;
  • Affordable housing - Build a 32-unit mix of one and two bedroom rental units based on 80 per cent of the avg market rates. Would include "modest" service package of dinner meals, recreational support and 24/7 emergency response; and
  • Village centre - A community hub that would include medical clinic, beauty salon, fitness centre, therapeutic pool and sauna, multi-faith chapel. As well, a full service, licensed restaurant, access to retail groceries, catering auditorium.

"This village centre will also offer an external membership program to seniors living off-site in the adjacent communities so they too can access the many indoor and outdoor amenities and enjoy the benefits of the central gathering place," according to the report to County council.

Phase 2, an estimated cost of $52.5 million includes the following:

  • Market rentals/Life lease - A 40-unit apartment, 10 garden homes, and 10 townhomes;
  • Retirement living - A 40-unit retirement facility including bachelor and one bedroom suites, includes all meals, light personal care, social programming, and 24/7 staff support; and
  • Co-housing - This home would support up to nine residents, includes an affordable shared services model within the residence.

"This Master Plan has been developed in light of the principles utilized in the creation of Georgian Village (Penetanguishene) in order to garner efficiencies in operations, foster a supportive community environment that promotes health and wellness for older adults, and ensures a sustainable housing model to reduce supplemental taxation from our local residents."

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