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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Long Term Care Home Plan Scrapped In Walkerton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Revera will not construct an 80,000 square foot long term care and retirement facility.

A disappointing blow for Brockton.

Revera will not be constructing an 80 thousand square foot long term care and
retirement facility in Walkerton after all. (came with the promise of 120
jobs)

This follows 18 months of negotiations with Brockton, a 20 thousand dollar
non refundable down payment on a parcel of land in the East Ridge Business Park
and some zoning changes.

Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak says Revera’s original plan to close its location
in Hanover and relocate to a new facility in Walkerton has fallen through due to
Provincial funding changes and circumstances.

He says there is pressure from the Province for long term care facilities to
remain within the community they are in when expanding with new beds. (they can
expand to a new community, but not at the expense of closing a facility in one
community  and relocating elsewhere.)

Gieruszak adds the fact that the LHIN did not to
identify a bed allocation for the Walkerton site was another major factor for
Revera's decision to back out of the East Ridge Business Park build
project.

While this is a very disappointing blow for Walkerton, it is good news for
Hanover.

Gieruszak says this means Revera will remain in Hanover with expansion plans
in the works.

While Gieruszak says regionally this is great news, locally it is a little
discouraging for Brockton which has been working so hard to bring a Revera
facility to Walkerton for last year and a half.

Nevertheless, Geiruszak wishes Revera well and is pleased that
Hanover will receive new beds.

In December it was announced that Hanover’s Revera also called The Village
would receive 26 new long term beds. This is in addition to the 70 beds now in
place.

The Province has promised 30 thousand additional beds for long term care
facilities across the province, Gieruszak says all three provincial parties have
pledged to support the promised new beds.

Along with the Hanover location, Revera also has facilities in Kincardine and
Owen Sound.

In the meantime, Brockton will seek out other potential developers for the
land it had set aside for Revera in Walkerton’s East Ridge Business Park.

Larry Roberts, Senior Manager ofCorporate Affairs for Revera says they are "Currently working to secure land for our new long term care home in Hanover.  We look forward to making an announcement, in partnership with the Town of Hanover and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, when the site is confirmed and the approvals and permits are in place."



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