The Manoir Stanstead seniors’ residence, located on Dufferin Street in the old Ursuline Convent, has delayed its January 2011 opening until May 1st. The project has been plagued with construction problems which have resulted in delays. The renovations are moving along well now, with almost all 73 units fully completed.
According to the administration, approximately 30 of the 73 units have already been reserved for rent. Many units were reserved for late Spring and Fall, while others are contingent upon the termination of leases or the sale of private homes. There were apparently no tenants inconvenienced by the delayed opening.
The project originally called for 69 units varying in size from studios to 3 ½ units. There were so many requests for studios, however, that the original plans were altered in order to convert some larger units into studios. The original roof had to be redone, but shortly before comple- The former chapel at Manoir Stanstead is one of the building’s most beautiful features. tion it began to leak which necessitated further work on it and longer delays. The kitchen’s stove vent, originally deemed acceptable, was later declared unsafe at a subsequent inspection, which necessitated its’ replacement.
Despite all of the set backs, the third and final floor is now almost completed and the facilities are open for viewing by appointment should anyone wish to take a tour. As the building is unheated at present, visitors are asked to make an appointment to see the premises. There will also be an open house one weekend in April.
There has been great anticipation of the opening in terms of providing local employment opportunities. The Manoir Stanstead posted job ads in the Stanstead Journal last week for positions that should commence in mid April. Many resumés have been received, but they are still seeking a qualified nurse, kitchen, cleaning and maintenance workers. Qualified candidates will be contacted in the upcoming weeks, and interviews are expected to take place by mid-March for positions commencing in midApril.