Gilmore Lodge, Retirement Home in Fort Erie, Ontario
The old Fort Erie mall will soon have a new and exciting future as Gilmore Lodge, a Fort Erie retirement home.
As the Fort Erie Times reports, that the $4.2-million relocation of a retirement home will brighten the future for Fort Erie’s aging population, local politicians said at an announcement Thursday.
Former County Fair Mall on Garrison Road has been sold to Niagara Region and will become the new home of Gilmore Lodge that has been operating since 1988.
The property is situated on 11 acres property with all in-town amenities right around it. It will accommodate a new long-term care home and additional residential and mixed-use facilities and could potentially attract $34 million from investors, said Reg. Coun. Sandy Annunziata.
Gilmore Lodge is 1 of 3 retirement homes in Niagara that must be redeveloped by 2025 to comply with new building standards handed down from the province. The other two facilities are Linhaven in St. Catharines and Upper Canada Lodge in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Mayor Wayne Redekop said the plans for the former mall are very positive for Fort Erie and its senior population, which is growing fast.
Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and when completed, the current location on Gilmore Road and its 80 beds will close.
Henri Koning, director of senior services for the Region, said it is unknown how many beds the new facility will offer but there will be enough to address the needs of the community.
The County Fair Mall has been empty for more than four years and residents of Fort Erie cannot wait until it is put to good use. Gilmore Lodge administrator Beth Plato-Giles said staff at the home are thrilled about the soon-to-be new location.
“We’re super-excited that we’re here, we’re local – it’s come together and we have a great future to look forward to,” she said.
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