By Laura Lennie, News Staff
BayBridge Senior Living representatives say there has been tremendous interest in their new seniors’ complex being built on the old Stoney Creek Dairy property.
“We are not filled yet; however, our waiting list is growing quickly,” site development ambassador Alison Keller said. “It shows us how important it is for people to be able to stay in their beloved Stoney Creek as they age. Everyone is eager to get construction underway.”
The $17-million seniors’ complex slated for the 1.03-hectare site at 135-137 King St. E. and 42 Passmore St. will feature a five-storey, 140-suite retirement home offering varying levels of care and one commercial unit facing King Street East. It also will include eight townhouse units fronting Dawson Avenue.
Located on the first floor of the home, the 1,000-square-foot commercial unit will house a dairy bar. The store will sell ice cream and other snacks and will be open to the public, with direct entrance from King Street.
In addition, the complex will feature seating areas, sidewalks and walkways for residents.
The facility’s main entrance will be from King Street for residents, visitors and loading.
Construction was expected to begin this summer.
IBI Group senior planner Matt Johnston says the firm is in the final stages of site plan approval.
“Construction will commence as soon as we have all approvals from the city,” he said, adding he couldn’t commit to a date, but construction will start in the immediate future. “It’s a little bit later than expected, but there are no issues. It’s just grinding through the last little hurdles of the process.”
Johnston said all of the bigger picture conditions for the site plan have been addressed and that those left outstanding should be dealt with in the very near future.
“We’re finalizing the very fine details of the site plan approval process, which include final sign off on engineering plans — that’s really the last component,” Johnston said. “It usually takes a handful of submissions to address all the comments and we’re on what we think is our forth and final submission. We’re just waiting for that confirmation that everything’s sealed tight and good to go.”
Johnston said construction of the complex will take about 18 months.
Keller said people seem to love the idea of a seniors’ complex on the former dairy property.
“Our residence is perfectly located for them,” she said. “Stoney Creek is a very social place and people want to be around their family, friends and neighbours. Seniors are eager to stay and continue participating in the community that they helped build.”
Keller said BayBridge is meeting with potential residents now.
The meetings are done one-on-one or sometimes in small groups that include family and friends, she said.
“In addition to answering their questions, we are receiving several suggestions that will help us make our Stoney Creek residence feel like home — because that is what it is really about,” Keller said. “Our residents have a myriad of talents and experience to offer the community and, in turn, we welcome the community to be an active part of our lives. We want to be an engaged neighbour with a friendly front porch.”