Long Term Care Facility Planned for Former St. Bernard's Site

Further development is in the works for the former St. Bernard Elementary School site in Amherstburg.

With a senior's community hub and clinic planned for the school building, the town has agreed to sell three acres of the property to be used for a new long-term care facility.

Amherstburg CAO John Miceli says the project is pending license approval, but if the go-ahead is given from the province the $30-million to $40-million facility would create 80 direct and 205 spin-off jobs in the town.

He says it'll be a perfect compliment to the community hub.

"We purchased St. Bernard's with the intention of developing a seniors community hub. A long-term care facility to the east will be an excellent example of a complimentary use. Once again, making that whole area a seniors-focused community hub."

Miceli says an application has been submitted for 128 and 160 beds.

"We definitely have a large waiting list in the Town of Amherstburg right now. With Amherstburg having the fastest growing seniors population in the region, what we've done tonight is continue to solidify council's direction on providing senior's amenities in this community."


The St. Bernard's property located at 320 Richmond St in Amherstburg (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

He says he can't go into the finer details just yet, but it's great news for the town.

"The company this is looking at setting up here in Amherstburg already has approximately 600 beds that they're operating in the province. They're going to expedite the construction. There's definitely a need in this community to get it and we all know there's a long waiting list for long-term care facilities. We have 85 people just in our own community."

Miceli says there's no word as to when the construction could begin, but he believes, if the company's license is approved, it could be as early as this summer.

The town bought the St. Bernard's property from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School in April 2018 for $550,000.