Regional Chair Alan Caslin today announced that Niagara Region has purchased a property in Fort Erie that will serve as the future home of Gilmore Lodge long-term care home.
The 11-acre site, located at 200 Garrison Road, is ideally suited to accommodate a campus of facilities and services to better support Fort Erie’s aging population. It will accommodate a new long-term care home and additional residential and mixed-use facilities. The campus-style approach allows for efficiencies to be obtained through shared services such as kitchen, laundry and property maintenance. It also allows for greater options for alternative service delivery as there are more opportunities to develop partnerships for development or service delivery.
The purchase price of the property is $4.2 million.
Gilmore Lodge, located at 50 Gilmore Road, is an 80-bed home constructed in 1988. It is one of three homes operated by the Region that must be redeveloped by 2025 to comply with new provincial building standards. The other two are Linhaven in St. Catharines and Upper Canada Lodge in Niagara-on-the-Lake with 256 beds and 80 beds respectively.
Niagara Region operates eight long-term care homes serving 1,500 residents annually. It also provides a range of community programs and services intended to help aging adults live at home safely and independently.
"Niagara Region is committed to providing high quality, responsive long-term care services. The purchase of property in Fort Erie is a significant step toward the redevelopment of a new, modern Gilmore Lodge with a campus of facilities and services that will better meet the needs of Niagara’s aging population. Redeveloping this home is an important part of our Council’s plan to improve long-term care facilities and services across Niagara."
~ Alan Caslin, Regional Chair
"This announcement is great news for Fort Erie and Niagara. A new seniors’ facility at this site changes the entire dynamic for the neighbourhood. By taking advantage of the existing infrastructure and services in the area, the development planned here will be a renaissance project. It will provide housing, bring jobs, and business opportunities for the local economy and be the impetus for further exciting development in our community."
~ Wayne Redekop, Mayor of Fort Erie
"This is a game changer for Fort Erie. The purchase of this property enables the Region to provide a modern, unique, exceptional living experience for our long-term care community and their families. It will also revitalize the Garrison Road corridor for the benefit of our residents and small business owners. I thank my Regional Council colleagues for their hard work and support and our Regional Chair for his exceptional leadership."
~ Sandy Annunziata, Regional Councillor, Fort Erie
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