The long-awaited Willow Square Continuing Care Facility is one step closer to becoming a reality.
During a tour of JACOS Hangingstone project on Wednesday, Premier Rachel Notley confirmed after some preliminary work and geotechnical testing – construction should begin on the downtown facility by spring of 2018.
“We issued the tender on August 28. We expect that to be complete by December. We expect a decision to be made on a successful contractor by January and we expect to see shovels in the ground by next spring.”
The centre, which will be located at the corner of Hospital Street and Franklin Avenue, is being designed and operated to provide housing and medical services and programs to seniors and younger individuals living with disabilities.
It’s expected to have 144 spaces and room to expand in order to meet the needs of the community, now and into the future.
Notley says a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to ensure the facility’s current state.
“We are committed to getting that project completed here in Fort McMurray. People should know that they’re not going to be hearing about equivocation or making the decision yet again, but in fact, we’re committed to delivering on that promise to the people of Fort McMurray.”
The $110 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, with people occupying the facility by spring 2020.