Construction to redevelop the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in East City could begin as early as November after city council approved rezoning of the site Monday night, says the president of the company that owns the property.
TVM Group president Amit Sofer shared he hopes to get city staff approval of the site plan for the first phase of 30 apartments and office space for Community Care Peterborough over the next month and have the space ready for occupancy by June.
The second phase would be the main section of the former hospital that faces Rogers St., he said. Construction on the roughly 80 units that would be created in that building could start next year.
TVM plans to convert the space in the existing buildings on the site into about 228 apartments plus some office space.
TVM is trying to create a complex where seniors can age in place, where they can stay without having to move to a new home with greater supports as they get older, with community organizations maintaining small offices on site to provide services.
All the units will be fully accessible for people with disabilities, Sofer said.
Coun. Lesley Parnell praised TVM Group for its plans for environmentally friendly, energy efficient and fully accessible buildings.
She encouraged the company to make some of the apartments affordable for families and for seniors.
The property is at 367 and 384 Rogers St. near the intersection of Hunter St. and Armour Rd.
Sofer revealed Monday that his company is bidding for the contract to provide the city office space for its social services division.
TVM Group’s proposal includes space in the former St. Joseph’s Hospital for the social services division.
The property’s current public service zoning designation and the new zoning council approved Monday both allow for the property to be used for municipal office space, Sofer said.
With the city’s 10-year lease on the current social services offices in the Charlotte Mews plaza near the intersection of George and Charlotte streets expiring at the end of March, it launched a competitive bid process over the summer.
It’s looking for options to lease, to lease to own or to purchase space. And it’s open to the idea of staying in its current location, which is owned by Aon Inc., but it would need some additional space if it doesn’t relocate.
Aon Inc. put together several options for the city to consider.
Aon president Brad Smith opposed the city allowing more office space to be created in the former hospital buildings when there’s vacant commercial and office space downtown.
At the planning committee meeting two weeks ago, Smith commented that there’s about 24,750 square metres of vacant office and commercial space downtown.
Council members unanimously endorsed the project at the planning committee meeting.
The former hospital has been vacant since June 2008 when Peterborough Regional Health Centre merged its facilities in the new hospital on Hospital Dr. It was built in stages from 1890 to 1964.
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