Proposed Retirement Community
A mixed-use retirement community intended to allow seniors to age in place is being proposed for the area of Gordon Street and Arkell Road. The facility would have three sections, all of which are interconnected, according to documents filed with the city.
The general apartment section in the centre would be six storeys, while the the assisted and memory care sub-community to the north would be five. The retirement apartment sub-community of the facility would be situated toward the south of the site and will be five storeys in height.
The new proposal by developer ASC (Guelph) Facility Limited Partnership seeks to add 47 retirement-oriented apartment suites, 99 independent living suites, 80 memory care residential units on the 4.85-acre site, as well as a dedicated commercial unit along the Arkell Road frontage.
A formal site plan application will be advanced following the review of the zoning bylaw amendment by city staff, consultation with city council and area residents. A zoning amendment application for the adjacent 1354 Gordon St. site is currently under review by the city.
Each retirement-oriented apartment unit includes a full kitchen and parking space, while the independent living suites feature a small kitchenette with a full-function dining room.
The care units are oriented as a series of 20-unit neighbourhoods with daily supervision and all of the residents have access to amenities, like a swimming pool, fitness facilities, a library, a chapel and theatre, among others.
Memory are residents would have exclusive access to a secured outdoor terrace, while outdoor amenity areas would include outdoor dining areas, outdoor seating and walking paths.
The intention of the overall development is to allow residents to age in place and move from one part of the facility to another as their needs change.
The developer of the proposed senior’s community does not currently contemplate the inclusion of affordable housing for the project.
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