LISTOWEL – Sometimes it seems like Listowel is growing so fast it is bursting at the seams.
With that growth, the community is putting a strain on many local resources. The Fisher Family Primary Care Clinic, for instance, is simply running out of space, and plans are in the early stages for expansion.
Walter Fedy has been retained to undertake the functional planning for the project.
“I think that’s a project that has the potential to benefit the whole community,” said Chief Executive Officer for the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, Karl Ellis. “The Fisher Clinic is a little over 10 years old now. We’re at the point where we don’t have any additional space in order to attract new physicians and other medical practitioners to the community.”
Discussions will begin in June with tenant representatives from the clinic and the hospital.
A detailed functional program is required to determine accurate space requirements and costs.
“This is a process that architects undertake to determine what functions need to take place in the space and they work to design the space around what you say you need to do,” said Ellis.
The Municipality of North Perth is seeing significant growth and he mentioned the need to continue to recruit physicians in particular to practice medicine to continue to meet the needs of residents.
“We’re probably looking at, at least a year of planning and allowing the architects to work through their drawings,” said Ellis. “Then we’ll have to work with our foundation, our physicians, our bankers and others to figure out how we’re going to pay for it and then hopefully move on towards construction after that.”
Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner