Minister of Long-Term Care Announces 91 new beds for Owen Sound
OWEN SOUND (Sept. 23, 2019) — Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, was joined today by Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy and MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, at Maple View Long-Term Care Residence to reconfirm the award of 91 new long-term care beds for Southbridge in Owen Sound.
The 91 beds will be combined with 69 existing beds as part of the new 160-bed Southbridge project in Owen Sound.
“Our government is creating a 21st century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers across Ontario,” said Fullerton. “We want to ensure that Ontarians get the care they need when they need it and investing in more long-term care spaces across the province is a key part of our plan.”
“We are pleased to be able to not only maintain long-term care in Owen Sound, but through the support of MPP Bill Walker and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, expand our capacity by an additional 91 beds,” said Southbridge Managing Director Keith McIntosh. “These 160 total beds will continue our commitment to providing consistent, high-quality health care for Owen Sound seniors both now and into the future.”
Operated by Southbridge Care Homes, Maple View Long-Term Care Home works closely with the South West Local Health Integration Network, which helps fund and coordinate services for residents in the region.
Southbridge LTC project on track for spring 2022 completion | Owen Sound Sun Times
OWEN SOUND (Mar. 29, 2021) — Southbridge Care Home’s proposed 160-bed long-term care facility is starting to take shape in Owen Sound. “The foundation work is complete. The majority of the excavation work is done and site preparation is nearly complete. We have started erecting the first floor walls on the west wing of the building and we currently have 70 per cent of all the underground plumbing and piping complete,” Alex Da Costa, Southbridge’s project manager of development, said Monday. The build remains on track for completion in the summer of 2022, he said. Da Costa said workers will install precast concrete floor slabs once the first floor walls are all erected so work can begin on the second-storey walls. “We plan to start some interior work in the summer, which will including framing, electrical work, sprinkler piping installation and HVAC ducting,” he said. The plan is to have the three-storey structure fully enclosed by the fall, he said. Southbridge currently operates two long-term care homes in Owen Sound – the 40-bed Georgian Heights on 10th Street East and the 29-bed Maple View at the bottom of the 10th Street West hill. The company announced plans in 2016 to build a new 160-bed long-term care home at 1300 16th Ave. E. after it decided not to pursue a proposal to redevelop the city-owned former Grey County courthouse into a 118-bed facility. City council authorized official plan and zoning bylaw amendments for the Southbridge project in 2017 and, two years later, the province approved 91 new beds for the company’s proposed redevelopment project. The province reaffirmed that commitment in September 2019 and also approved the redevelopment of the 69 existing beds at the new site. Southbridge’s lot is adjacent to property owned by Owen Sound-based Andpet Realty, which is currently building a four-storey 126-unit Owen Sound Gardens Retirement Residence. That project is expected to wrap up in spring 2022. City hall issued a building permit in September to Southbridge for its long-term care project, which had a construction value of $20 million. The permit for Andpet’s retirement residence was also issued that month, with the same construction value. Da Costa said the number of people working at on the Southbridge development fluctuates depending on what work is underway. Workers have been from a variety of trades, including insulating concrete forms, which is how the company is building the facility’s walls, as well as concrete work, site work and earthmoving, plumbing and electrical. Operations had to be adjusted to ensure all workers comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
Southbridge Owen Sound will be a three-storey, 160-bed long-term care home with five resident home areas.
This exterior rendering was created for concept design purposes only.
Gathering local inspiration to inform the design, Southbridge represents community culture. Incorporating biophilic design details and interactive amenity spaces, Southbridge introduces a vibrancy in our new buildings that combines timeless features within a cozy and familiar residential environment.