Ground Broken For New West End Health Centre

About a decade after the start of the process, the shovel is in the ground for a permanent west Windsor health centre.

The Windsor Essex Community Health Centre is getting $3.1-million from the province and another $500,000 from the city for the project.

The former College Avenue Community Centre will be rebuilt and expanded to house the centre.

It will include doctors offices, examination rooms, space for social workers, dieticians and others as well as meetings rooms and a large activity room.

Ward 2 Councillor John Elliot is glad to see this day.

"Windsor's committed to the west side, so I just keep working with everyone and days like today are, you practice what you preach and you see it right in front of you and no one can deny that" said Elliot.

am800-news-wechc-dilkens-elliot-oct-2017

Ward 2 Councillor John Elliot and Mayor Drew Dilkens at WECHC groundbreaking (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Mayor Drew Dilkens says this is an important facility for the west end.

"It serves 31,000 people on the west side of our city, this is not a minor impact this facility has, it serves a lot of people on the west side and in Sandwich town" sid Dilkens. "It's an important part of our city and they've been operating out of trailers across the street for a number of years certainly not an ideal situation to deliver health care"

WECHC Board Chair Kathryl Hengl says this is an upgrade in services.

am800-news-WECHC-chair-kathryn-hengl-oct-2017

WECHC Board Chair Kathryn Hengl (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"Certainly much larger than what we had at both Forster and and across the street" said Hengl.  "So there's a lot of people in this area that need these services and I think this will do a wonderful job for them and it's going to offer even more than what they've got now"

Completion of the renovation is expected next summer.

Erie St. Clair LHIN Board Chair Dr. Martin Girash says it's a short distance from Forester to College Avenue, but it's been a long journey.

There's space in the facility for future expansion of additional services.