More information on Lancaster long-term care home build

An artist's rendering of the future private long-term care home being built in Lancaster, Ont. The 128-bed facility should be open by 2025. (Township of South Glengarry via Newswatch Group)

LANCASTER – South Glengarry and the developer of a Lancaster long-term care home have released more information to satiate public curiosity.

With little information from the Ontario government in its January announcement for the home build, the township released additional information Tuesday.

“We received several inquiries from local residents so we chose to provide more detailed information about this exciting project,” Planning General Manager Joanne Haley said in an email to Cornwall Newswatch.

Riverdale Living, which is a branch of Toronto-based real estate developer Arch Corporation, will build the 128-bed, $37 million home on the east side of County Road 34, south of Smithfield Park.

Arch Corporation is a private equity firm. Shana Bond, the president of Riverdale Living, said their “ongoing focus will be to provide all residents with a safe and caring environment.” Bond is the vice president of senior living for Arch and was previously the national vice president of operations for Revera Retirement.

“The Township of South Glengarry is thrilled by the province’s investment in our community, and we look forward to continuing to work with Riverdale Living throughout the development process. The construction of this facility will provide another option for seniors and their families in making South Glengarry their home,” Mayor Lyle Warden said in a statement.

The near four acre piece of land was part of a land severance in July 2021. The land has not been zoned yet for a long-term care facility and will still have to go through site plan control and a zoning amendment.

Until that happens, a building permit can’t be issued.

Since the home will be accessed by side streets in Lancaster and not County Road 34, there are no approvals required from the United Counties of SD&G, Haley told Cornwall Newswatch. The township plans upgrades to Broad Street and Wood Street.

The township says construction should start “late in 2023” and residents should be able to move in the summer of 2025.