It’s official, Hanover’s long term care facility Revera is getting a new home.
Over the past few months Revera has been negotiating with both the Hanover and District Hospital and the Town of Hanover to purchase the land needed for the development project.
The land acquisition deals between Revera, the Hospital and the Town have now closed.
Revera has purchased 4.5 acres from the Hanover and District Hospital and 1 acre from the Town of Hanover for the project.
Revera Vice President of Property Development Mike Brcko (Br-ko) is very excited about the project.
He says the 5.5 acre parcel of land with house a modern state of the art long term care facility that will conform the highest of standards and will also be energy efficient.
Brcko says the new facility will boast at least 96 beds which is an increase from the current facility’s 70 bed facility.
He says there is a possibility that more beds may be added, Revera is currently working with the Ministry of Health on the licensing issues.
While Brcko couldn't confirm yet how man new jobs will be created as a result of the additional 26 long term care beds, he says the new beds will mean new jobs.
Brcko says the shovel will hit the ground this Spring and the project is expected to take 18 months to complete.
Hanover Director of Development Don Tedford is very pleased the project is proceeding.
The new Revera long term care facility will replace the current facility which is located at the west end of Hanover in the Town’s original hospital which is also referred to as The Village.
The new facility will be very welcomed as the current building dates back to the early 1900’s, which was later donated to become the town Hospital in 1923.
Originally Revera had planned to relocate to Walkerton with plans to construct an 80 thousand square foot long term care and retirement facility in the East Ridge Business Park.
They even put down a 20 thousand dollar non refundable payment on the land.
This plan however was abandoned when the project failed to get enough enough provincial or LHIN support for the proposed relocation from Hanover to Walkerton.
Tedford is very pleased the facility will remain in Hanover, adding the new location adjacent to the Hanover and District Hospital couldn't be better.