June 4, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - There was a sod-turning event today for Phase 1 construction of a $75-million nursing home to replace Loch Lomond Villa in Saint John. The nursing home will be built on about five acres at 164 Loch Lomond Rd.
Roly MacIntyre, MLA for Saint John East, participated on behalf of Minister of State for Seniors Cheryl Lavoie.
"This is a great day for nursing home residents and their families in this region," MacIntyre said. "Loch Lomond Villa is one of the largest and oldest nursing homes in the province. It has a long history of providing quality care to seniors. Our new $400-million capital renewal and replacement plan is delivering a brand new facility to this community to enhance services, reduce waiting lists for nursing home beds, and meet the needs of our aging population."
Construction will begin immediately and will be carried out in three phases. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2012-13. Fifty-four nursing home beds will be created for a total of 250 beds in the facility.
The infrastructure improvements will provide more spacious, energy efficient facilities, new equipment and better ventilation, improved quality of space and more privacy and personal space for nursing home residents.
About 600 construction-related jobs will be created in the region as a result of the project.
The sod turning was held to kick off Nursing Home Week in New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.