Pre-construction work has begun for the 30-unit expansion of the Van Kleek Manor next to the location of the former Vankleek Hill day care building.

“Our expansion is now fully financed and our construction contractor, Maylan Construction from Hawkesbury, has just commenced mobilization activities at the site, said Gary Barton, president of the Van Kleek Senior Citizens Manor, a not-for-profit organization.

Barton says that the expansion will add 30 apartments to the existing facilities, including 20 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units.

“We already have a significant waiting list for the new apartments, says Robin McRae, manager of the Manor. She anticipates many more 60+ seniors will be contacting them in the weeks ahead.

Completion of the expansion is slated for late spring in 2023 and the first occupancies will be taking place just before the start of summer in 2023.

Champlain Township sold one third of the former Champlain Day Care property to the not-for-profit Van Kleek Senior Citizens Manor Corporation for one dollar. The township will retain the balance of the property, but the day care centre was demolished by the township.

The additional land acquired from the township was needed to ensure sufficient parking for the new building. In addition, Champlain Township has granted the Manor corporation access to the day care property for parking and vehicle access during construction.

During the coming summer season, the Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market will be located every Saturday in the parking lot at 79 Derby Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For information about the Manor expansion, contact Robin McRae at [email protected] or by calling 613-678-2818.