Council to Make Decision on New Long-Term Care Home in East Windsor

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A zoning decision is needed to pave the way for a new $40-million long-term care home in east Windsor.

Banwell Gardens has been in the same building since the '70s, according to representative Greg Bowman. He says they've found a plot of land for their new three-storey 192-bed facility directly across from their current location at 3000 Banwell Rd.

The only problem is it's zoned commercial and council will need to approve a change to residential at Monday morning's meeting.

"We were very fortunate to find land immediately across the street from our existing home," he says. "It makes it better for, not only the residents and their families, but our staff."

The home spent around nine day's with an outbreak of COVID-19 back in May but has yet to have a recurrence, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit's website.

Bowman says the new building is a necessity, especially in the age of COVID-19.

"So many infection control factors will be brought into the newly designed home, it will be truly state of the art," he says.

Around 50 beds will be added in the new building, but Bowman says it's more about space.

"Each home area of 32 residents will have its own dining area and lounge and therapy space," says Bowman. "Our new home is about 50 per cent bigger than our old home; even for the same number of beds."

Bowman says the plan is to break ground in 2021 and have residents moved in by 2023.

He tells AM800 News that gives the home plenty of time to meet a provincial mandate to replace all old long-term care homes by 2025.

Council begins its livestream at 10 a.m.

- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi