Replaces: Misericordia Education and Resource Centre
Seniors housing to replace Misericordia resource centre
By: Nicholas Frew
The Misericordia Education and Resource Centre at 691 Wolseley Ave. could be torn down as early as December, in order to build this 10-storey seniors’ living facility.
“Today, affordable assisted living for seniors is really needed in our neighbourhood,” Heidi Klaschka, spokeswoman for Misericordia Health Centre, property owner of the resource centre at 691 Wolseley Ave., said Thursday in an e-mail.
A 2014 report studied how to make better use of the current six-storey resource centre, which Klaschka said is 80 per cent vacant, despite housing four non-profits and acting as storage space for the health centre located across the street.
She said Misericordia opted to build a new structure after the report (which is not publicly available) concluded it would cost more than $7 million to bring the nearly 60-year-old building up to code through mechanical and electrical upgrades(such as a new sprinkler system).
The proposed living facility will have 97 suites, and residents will pay rent to the Misericordia Corporation.
Klaschka said all units will have rental prices 20 per cent below market value, while at least 29 units (minimum 30 per cent of the suites) will be priced further below market value.
The assisted living centre will operate strictly as a not-for-profit, with all operating surpluses being reinvested into the facility, Misericordia said.
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