Another English seniors’ residence in jeopardy
Itlooks as if the London Residence, the long term care facility in Sherbrooke that caters to a mostly English-speaking clientele, may close soon, perhaps even being converted to a half-way house for former inmates. According to the owner of the residence, Mr. Neron, the facility has been for sale for three years now. When asked by the Stanstead Journal is he was selling because of the fire regulations that have Sherbrooke fire prevention officials timing the evacuation of seniors’ residences for certification, he answered: “It’s not been easy with all the new regulations for seniors’ residences.”
The Centre La Traverse, the Sherbrooke halfway house presently located on Montreal Street which houses 25 former inmates, hopes to relocate to the seniors’ residence. “We made an offer about two weeks ago which was accepted on the condition that the zoning could be changed to allow for
a halfway house in that area,” explained Gaetan Cloutier, the general director of Services d’aide en prevention de la criminalité of Centre La Traverse. “We don’t want to increase our number of clients; we don’t have enough parking on Montreal Street and we are too cramped,” he added.
Citizens around the neighbourhood have circulated a petition against the zoning change that would allow for the installation of a halfway house on London Street. Also in the vicinity are two day cares and a park. The petition was deposited at City Hall on Monday morning. Two years ago, the halfway house Le Renovie, which was located on Victoria Street, two blocks away from the London Residence, closed.
If the Centre La Traverse is successful in buying the property, Mr. Cloutier said that the seniors would be given a “significant amount of time” to find new homes.