January 24, 2017; Liverpool, NS: A motion was approved by the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality at the January 24th, 2017 Regular Council meeting authorizing staff to begin solicitation to source a development partner to help formulate and submit a proposal solution for the outdated 29 bed residential care facility located in Middlefield, Queens County.
“In seeking developers, we are working to be proactive about finding solutions for Hillsview Acres, resulting in a modern facility, and keeping the beds and the jobs here in Queens,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. During the discussion of the motion prior to Council voting, it was discussed that there is no guarantee that the Province of Nova Scotia or the Region of Queens Municipality will accept any resulting proposal developed as that proposal must fit the needs of the community, as well as that of government.
Once the solicitation is ready to go to market, it is expected to take approximately six months for the successful developer to prepare a proposal vetted by the Region of Queens Municipality to be jointly submitted to the Province of Nova Scotia. The Region of Queens Municipality owns and operates Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care. It is licensed and funded by the Department of Health and Wellness as a Level 1 Residential Care Facility with 29 beds. Employing 30 full time, part time and casual staff, Hillsview Acres is an important employer in Queens.
Recent community feedback through the Queens Care Society’s Housing and Transportation Needs Study portrayed and quantified the need for seniors housing in the community. Residential Care Facilities play an important component of that spectrum of housing needs.
The consulting costs associated with the project will be funded from the Hillsview Acres Replacement Reserve, and there is no impact to the Region of Queens Municipality’s Operating or Project Budgets.