Public meeting held for new “3 or 4-storey” medical clinic

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The new medical centre planned by the South East Grey Community Health Centre for downtown Dundalk next to the fire station marked another stage in the planning.

The required public meeting was held at Southgate Township’s meeting on July 7.

The plans now indicate a building of three or four stories. The applications for funding are being handled by Allan Madden, former CEO at the CHC who stayed on to look after the Dundalk project.

PLANS FOR THE CLINIC

Alex Hector, the head of CHC, responded to the Herald to say that the final plans for the site are still developing.

“Once the detailed business cases have been approved by the Ministry, a 12,000 to 15,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary clinic will be built.

“In the clinic will be physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, a physiotherapist, chiropodist, a dietician and other related healthcare professionals.”

The CHC would be on the ground floor, but added floors could allow other partners to share the same footprint to provide savings, he said.

“Our goal is to create a hub of services that could include hospice services or low income housing,” he said. As far as the housing, that will be for the county to determine if the project fits its goals and budget, he said.

Other potential agency partners will also be approached during the two to four year waiting period he said is average after funding is approved until the build begins.

No members of the public spoke at the meeting, but there was an email comment received from resident April Emms questioning the effect on the rail trail.

She said that “massive development” is worrying families who enjoy walking, biking, ATV-riding and snowmobiling.

“We hope that our hobbies and way of life, in this once small town aren’t going to be compromised,” the email said.

Another possible conflict of use she pointed to was where the rail trail runs along the new adult lifestyle apartments.

Planner Clint Stredwick said there are plans for a dedicated parking area for vehicles and trailers, off Proton St. N., north of the Co-op fertilizer plant.

“The rail trail was a big part of the discussion for this area,” he said.

Vehicles using the rail trail are to go slower in town anyway, he said, but the trail through the area will be curving to slow traffic.

There will be a pedestrian crossing of the rail trail, as there was not enough parking on the west side of the former rail right-of-way, now in County ownership.

Mr. Stredwick said that the actual building is pushed back as far as it can be from the trail. He noted that when the township did a survey it found that there are a number of buildings in town that actually encroach on the trail right-of-way.

Deputy-Mayor Brian Milne asked about compatibility when rail lines get put back down, and the planner again said that was why the building was pushed back from the trail as much as possible.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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