Construction begins on mental health, addictions center

Hospital officials found a drier place Oct. 9, 2015 to 'break ground' for a new addiction and mental health center. Pictured, from left, are Erin Killoran (Cornwall Hospital Foundation), Chris Markell (Bourgeon Construction), Marvin Plumadore (Service Club Council), SDSG MPP Jim McDonell, Cornwall Hospital CEO Jeannette Despatie, Cornwall Acting Mayor Maurice Dupelle, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack and SD&G Warden Eric Duncan. (Photo/Cornwall Community Hospital)

CORNWALL – By this time next year, people in SD&G seeking treatment for addictions and mental health issues will have one central location.

Officials ceremonially broke ground on the Addictions and Mental Health Services building at the corner of Marleau Avenue and McConnell Avenue (the former ambulance base).

The shovels were taken indoors at the hospital due to a rainy Friday.

To co-location will see seven services moved under one roof from three leased areas in the City of Cornwall.

The building is being built by Bourgeon Construction and local-subcontractors are being used, the hospital said.

It will be a 23,000 square foot, single-storey building.

The Cornwall Service Club Council also announced Friday their $250,000 commitment to the $9.3 million building. That donation is part of the minimum $1.2 million commitment from the Cornwall Hospital Foundation.

The Ontario government is putting in $1,707,000 and the remainder (roughly $6.4 million) will be paid through a mortgage held by the hospital with funds redirected from the previous leased properties.

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