74-unit seniors' residence moving forward
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | March 14, 2019|
A proposed $17-million seniors’ residence in Haliburton is one step closer, with the sale of the land now
complete and owner, Gardens Retirement Development Inc., now working with Dysart et al planning staff.
“We’ve closed on the land, currently working on drawings and completing the site plan,” Phil Mardimae recently told The Highlander.
Dysart et al mayor Andrea Roberts and senior planner Sue Harrison also confirmed that talks are ongoing to bring the development to life.
Gardens Retirement Development Inc., of Richmond Hill, first came to Dysart council last September to pitch their idea to develop on land that once housed the former Fleming College at 1 Sunnyside St.
They’re pitching a four-storey building with the possibility of a lower level walkout. The structure would be about 55,000-square-feet in total. Mardimae said they would start with phase one and asses the market to determine if they would build a phase two.
Suites would likely be 350-600 square feet; with independent and assisted living options; a dining room, theatre, salon, bistro/pub and shuttle van. He suggested rents of $3,100 to $5,000-a-month, which includes all meals, housekeeping and amenities. They hope to create 30 full and part-time jobs when open.
Roberts confirmed last week that the file is in the planning department, “working out some details of the site plan and other studies that are needed before it comes to council.” She said she did not attend the meetings “but my understanding is that things are moving along nicely and the proponents are aware of what they need to do.
“It’s all very exciting for Dysart as this has been seen as a huge need in our community for many years.”
Roberts said she didn’t know when it would come back to council as studies take time but she believes the Mardimaes are committed to the project and is hopeful it will happen as soon as they are able to complete the work on their end.
Harrison said staff met with the proponents in late February to discuss the status of the project. She said Gardens Retirement is in the process of completing the studies required by the municipality to support the project.
“These documents will inform the review of the proposal and their recommendations will ensure the development is well-designed, and that the application may move forward expeditiously. “
She added that the municipality is looking forward to the development, “which will provide much-needed housing for seniors within our community.”
Harrison said once staff have all of the documentation, it will be reviewed. She said the municipality will work with the project team to revise the site plan as needed, and develop a draft agreement for council’s consideration.
Like Roberts, she said exact timing will depend on when the complete documentation is submitted and reviewed.
“We will continue to work closely with the developer to help them navigate the review process.”
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.