Health in­vest­ment un­prece­dented

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He said last week the fourth phase will be the con­struc­tion of two de­men­tia bun­ga­lows or pro­tec­tive care res­i­dences to com­ple­ment the longterm care fa­cil­ity.

“So there will be three or four things hap­pen­ing all at the same time,” the min­is­ter noted.

Kennedy said al­most $20 mil­lion from Bud­get 2011 is be­ing spent on the long-term care project this year, and some $35 mil­lion will be spent on the project in 2012 and 2013 from the pro­vin­cial bud­gets for those years re­spec­tively.

In all, Kennedy said, the long-term care build­ing and hos­pi­tal up­grades will cost the prov­ince an es­ti­mated $108 mil­lion. That’s 10 times the $11 mil­lion the Car­bon­ear Hos­pi­tal cost to build in 1978-79, mak­ing it the largest build­ing project of its kind the area has ever seen.

“ This is not only a new long-term care fa­cil­ity, but a ma­jor re­build­ing of the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal,” Kennedy ex­plained, ad­ding that some $4 mil­lion from Bud­get 2008 is go­ing into re­build­ing the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of am­bu­la­tory care.

Key move

Kennedy said hav­ing the hos­pi­tal’s cur­rent main en­trance moved is key to the project. It has to be done first be­cause it hap­pens to be lo­cated where the new long-term care fa­cil­ity will be linked to the older struc­ture via an in­door tun­nel or pas­sage­way.

The twin four-story struc­tures will take up most of the hos­pi­tal’s old park­ing lot, im­me­di­ately west of the hos­pi­tal build­ing.

The hos­pi­tal’s new en­trance will be on the north side of the build­ing, fac­ing the east end of Earle’s Lane.

The new long-term care fa­cil­ity will re­place three ag­ing fa­cil­i­ties — the Pen­te­costal Se­niors Home in Clarke’s Beach, Har­bour Lodge and In­ter­faith Cit­i­zens home, orig­i­nally the Car­bon­ear Red Cross Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

New school

Mean­while, Chal­lenger Con­struc­tion has been pre­par­ing the Val­ley Road site to make way for con­struc­tion of the new school build­ing. The Tor­bay firm was awarded a $2.5 mil­lion siteprepa­ra­tion con­tract last fall.

Con­struc­tion of the 5,140 square me­tre ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to get un­der­way this year. Pro­jected to cost in the range of $15 mil­lion, the school will be de­signed to ac­com­mo­date more than 400 stu­dents from Kin­der­garten to Grade 8.

Plans to re­con­fig­ure nearby Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate to ac­com­mo­date Grade 9 to Level III, will re­store a full K-12 school sys­tem in Car­bon­ear for the first time in seven years.

The new long-term care fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be ready to ad­mit its first res­i­dents by late 2014 or early 2015.

The new school should be ready to ring its first bell in Septem­ber 2012 or Jan­uary 2013.

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