An­other English se­niors’ res­i­dence in jeop­ardy

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Sher­brooke

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.

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