MEDIA RELEASE: Council Approves Agreement with Southbridge Health Care

print-logo September 19, 2019

Municipality of Port Hope Council Approves Agreement with Southbridge Health Care

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Port Hope, ON

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Municipality of Port Hope Council executed a By-law authorizing a binding legal agreement between the Municipality of Port Hope and Southbridge Health Care (“Southbridge”) for the development of a long-term healthcare facility in Port Hope. The agreement states the Municipality will withdraw an Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) “Notice of Intention to Designate” for the Southbridge property at 65 Ward Street, only after all required municipal planning and development processes and approvals have been undertaken and secured.

“Execution of this By-law marks a mutual step forward for the project planned at the 65 Ward Street property,” notes Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “As we continue through this development process with Southbridge, we remain committed to serving the best interests of the community, while working in partnership to ensure a successful outcome.”

As part of this Agreement, Southbridge consents to obtain, at its sole cost, all approvals and satisfy all conditions as set out in the Agreement, and obtain from the Municipality all permits and approvals required to demolish any buildings on the Subject Lands site, for the construction of a new long-term care facility, prior to withdrawal of the OHA Notice of Intention to Designate by the Municipality.

“We are pleased that we have been able to work together with Council and the Municipality to ensure a state-of-the-art long-term care home is built in Port Hope” added from Keith McIntosh, Managing Director of Southbridge Care Homes. “This outcome was only possible due to the hard work from everyone involved. We look forward to working with the Municipal office and the community to bring this exciting project to completion.”

Consistent with Municipal principles and practices for any undertakings of this nature, Staff will work with Southbridge on the planning and development approval processes, and related matters, to ensure that the terms and conditions of this agreement are satisfied.

Upon Southbridge’s fulfillment of the Agreement’s terms and conditions, the matter will return to Council, at which point Council shall direct to withdraw the Notice of Intention to Designate.

Background information related to this matter can be found on the municipal website at porthope.ca/news/65-ward-street-update

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For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram, Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca