Old folks home owner will have a second go

Retirement Concepts to hold two meetings on Aug. 17 to pose new plans for The Gardens to residents, general public; chamber of commerce OK with that plan

The first attempt to add 25 new suites may not have succeeded, but the owners of The Gardens in Qualicum Beach are going to try, try again.

Retirement Concepts vice-president of operations Tony Baena has scheduled a second set of meetings to present the company’s ideas and to consult with residents and the community.

The first meeting, held on July 25, saw residents express strong opposition to the plan as presented, with Qualicum Beach town council voting shortly thereafter to abandon a bylaw that would have allowed the change.

The second set of two meetings is slated for Aug. 17, with condo owners, residents and families gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. Following this, a second meeting is slated, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a general consultation with members of the public.

In a letter to Gardens residents, Baena said Retirement Concepts is revisiting their plans for the seniors facility and revising them to reflect the feedback and concerns expressed at the first meeting.

That’s good news to Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce president Peter Doukakis.

“The residents, I think were more concerned with the process, rather than the report that was given to them,” he said. “The biggest issue was the owners’ representatives didn’t really lay out the framework and the timeline and the consultation process clearly enough.”

Doukakis said he applauded council’s decision to abandon the bylaw, but he also expressed confidence that the company’s second attempt would prove more fruitful.

“They learned a valuable lesson about what community consultation was and I believe they listened to the residents and will come back with a new meeting on 17th, listen to their concerns, and present a new proposal of how they are going to move forward and how they will incorporate concerns into their development,” he said. “It was a bit of a hiccup and a bit of cart before the horse, but they’ve taken a step back, they’re listening and coming back with a new community consultation meeting.”

An expansion at the facility, Dukakis added, could prove very beneficial to Qualicum Beach, if it is done correctly.

“I understand there is a wait list for the Gardens and I know they have done a really good job of providing quality care there and the residents want to make sure if there is an expansion, it doesn’t sacrifice the quality of care. I think it could be a big benefit for Qualicum Beach.”

 

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

District of Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain, left, and Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards sign a memorandum of understanding outside Snaw-Naw-As Market on Friday, June 18. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Lantzville and Snaw-Naw-As sign memorandum of understanding

District and First Nation create joint working group

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read