Haldimand County Council has given the go-ahead for pre-planning the construction of a 240-unit retirement home in Dunnville.
At its June 27 meeting, council voted unanimously to lift a detention provision on the 5.25-hectare lot behind Tim Hortons. The site had been the proposed location for a No Frills store in 2005, but the land has since been sold by Loblaw Properties.
The proposed nursing home would be split into two four-storey buildings: the first will include a communal dining room and common areas for gatherings, and built to accommodate residents requiring assistance; the second will also include a common dining room, lounges and a centralized kitchen for residents and is intended to accommodate people who do not need regular assistance. The bedrooms will be upstairs and will have a basic kitchenette. The site will also include a centralized outdoor amenity space shared between the two buildings for residents.
The units will be rented and no medical care will be offered on site.
General commercial zoning allows a retirement home to be built, but the landlord wanted a detention provision lifted, to allow a minimum unit size of 30 rather than 40 square meters, which council approved .
With zoning firmly in place, a site plan application can proceed.
“It’s a great proposition for our community, which we really need,” said Com. Bernie Corbett. “I know (that) as far as our citizens are concerned, they have to get out of the county to receive such care.”