Victoria medical building all set to be demolished for seniors care facility

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In a bid to make way for a senior’s care home for individuals with memory problems, earlier in the week it was announced that the long-standing medical office building at 1900-1912 Richmond Rd. will soon be demolished.

Currently, the property houses a four-story building, including a local pharmacy, Lifelabs, the Victoria Hearth Institute Foundation and the Jubilee Medical Clinic, which hosts six general practitioners.

As per reports, Milliken Development put forward the proposed site, Maison Victoria Seniors which will be designed by NORR Architects.

Reports also state that the proposed site will be a five-story building consisting of 137 assisted living units for seniors with memory problems like disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

While discussing the topic with the Victoria City Council, NORR architect Craig Abercrombie stated that post discussions with the Victoria Hospitals Foundation it was found that there is a dire need for memory care facilities.

According to Craig Abercrombie, the NORR architect, “When the hospital needs to discharge a patient with cognitive impairment, and they are no longer safe at home, the hospital staff doesn’t have an acceptable seniors’ community to refer them to.”

Abercrombie further added, “The Foundation, and we, see the proposed seniors’ community as helping to alleviate that need. We see providing care for local seniors, who are often in crisis, as a significant benefit for North Jubilee.”

Currently, there is no alternative location for the family to conduct its practices at this moment.

As per reports, the development is all set to be presented to the Victoria committee of the whole on Thursday, April 11 and provided the council passes it, it will then be presented for a public hearing.

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