A bunch related to a neighborhood church in Prince Edward County is changing a faculty right into a seniors house to relieve a rising downside that it says is because of the space’s speedy transformation right into a vacationer attraction.
Volunteers from Emmanuel Baptist Church have fashioned a registered not-for-profit group that is began the venture to show the college into LoveSong Seniors Housing and Group Hub.
Ken How, the venture facilitator, stated it is a response to the “large influence” the county’s reputation is having on the supply of housing for seniors.
“It is change into an actual vacationer, Airbnb-type location,” How stated.
“Properties have doubled, virtually tripled in worth up to now 5 years. It is onerous to consider how speedy change has occurred.”
Ken How, proper, receives the keys to Pinecrest Memorial Faculty from Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson, left, at an occasion earlier this month. (Ken How)
He says whereas short-term leases, craft breweries and wineries are proliferating in Prince Edward County, inexpensive housing is getting tougher and tougher to seek out, particularly for the aged.
How and different volunteers went by means of the method of buying the property from the college board.
The venture has the complete help of the Prince Edward County municipal authorities, which first bought the property from the college board earlier than transferring it to the LoveSong group for $375,000. Pinecrest Memorial Faculty in Bloomfield was closed by the Hastings and Prince Edward District Faculty Board in 2017.
“It was one thing that we felt we needed to soar on,” Prince Edward County mayor Steve Ferguson stated in an interview.
“The recognition of this place has put stress on our housing sources. The seniors inhabitants, which is disproportionately giant, has felt the influence of that reputation,” Ferguson stated.
LoveSong is now looking for seed and grant cash from different ranges of presidency. “I hope the federal authorities is receptive to their requests,” Ferguson stated.
The sale to LoveSong was finalized earlier this month. The group is now working with native builders and designers to maneuver into the following stage of the venture: elevating funds to renovate the vacant faculty.
A rendering of LoveSong Seniors Housing and Group Hub in Prince Edward County. The event is deliberate on the web site of a not too long ago bought faculty. (Mia Lane)
Though will probably be expensive — the purpose is $10 million — How says will probably be simpler and cheaper than constructing a brand new seniors’ house from scratch.
The college has terrazzo flooring and 10-foot extensive hallways. They plan to maintain the fitness center for health lessons and different actions, each for residents and the broader group.
“It is in nice form,” How stated. They intention to open the complicated for occupancy in 2022.
The event will embody 50 models, 25 of which will likely be inexpensive housing. The college property is 20 acres in whole, and also will have a group backyard.
‘Outdoors the field’
This is not the primary time an Ontario faculty has been transformed right into a seniors’ residence. How says he toured a number of, together with houses in Peterborough and Owen Sound.
Some are privately run. However How believes LoveSong’s community-based, not-for-profit strategy to re-purposing surplus colleges is an “exterior the field” mannequin that may catch on elsewhere.
“We have to be taking a look at how we are able to do a greater job,” he stated.
“I believe the mannequin is relevant all through the province.”