• James Armstrong

Hudson seniors’ residence gets green light for provincial funding


THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/COURTESY VILLA WYMAN

The board members of the proposed Villa Wyman assisted living seniors residence project received good news on Friday, May 25 according to Diane Ratcliffe the chairperson of the organization.

“We received notice from Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) that our project was approved for funding,” Ratcliffe told The Journal Monday, June 4.

“We want to thank Marie-Claude Nichols, our Deputy for Vaudreuil for all her help with this project,” said Ratcliffe. The money for the project falls under the AccèssLogis program that funds housing projects for low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens requiring assisted living. “This project is for seniors with a slight loss of autonomy,” said Ratcliffe. “It isn’t a nursing home.”

With a budget of approximately $4.9 million, the funds for the project will be provided as each phase is completed. “The first portion of the funding is for the professional services required for building on the lot such as soil testing and environmental studies,” said Ratcliffe. “Once that is done, we will proceed to architectural drawings.” She added that when the drawings are complete they will have to be approved by SHQ and Hudson’s Town Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC).

Timeline for the project

If all goes well for the first steps of the project, Ratcliffe estimates construction will begin in the spring of 2019. “At every step, the SHQ looks at what we’re doing and gives us feedback,” she said. “At the very earliest, it might be ready for occupancy in late fall of 2019 or spring of 2020.” Throughout the entire application process, Villa Wyman has received a lot of help from Groupe de Ressources Techniques Sud-Ouest (GRT) from Valleyfield. “They are a consulting firm that works with organizations as an intermediary. They know exactly what to do regarding filling out forms and who to communicate with. They will be guiding us through the process up until the year after Villa Wyman opens.”

Background

The 24-unit, three-floor apartment project that will be built by the Villa Wyman non-profit organization was the brainchild of Wyman Memorial United Church congregation that was publicly announced in early 2016. The plan was to purchase a piece of vacant land owned by the church and take charge of developing the project. For the project to move forward, changes to Hudson’s zoning by-laws were made during 2017.

THE JOURNAL FILE PHOTO/JAMES ARMSTRONG

Three of the board members of the Villa Wyman project, (left to right) Diane Ratcliffe, Bill Young and Sally Janson-Cooke, gave The Journal a tour of the site for the seniors assisted living residence next to Wyman Memorial United Church in 2017.

“We wanted the project to provide long-term benefits for the town,” said Ratcliffe. “One of the reasons our project received approval is that it keeps our seniors in the community,” she noted adding that its location near the centre of town provides easy access to local medical services, shopping, and social activities. “The sale of the land has been approved but the actual exchange of money for the lot doesn’t happen until we break ground for the project next year,” said Ratcliffe.

Location

The lot of land intended for the construction of the assisted living seniors’ residence is located west of Wyman Memorial United Church. It is currently used as a parking lot accessed from Main Road through the area between the church and Stephenson Court. The church is located at 513 Main Road on a lot of land at the corner of Selkirk Street.

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