Members of Cornwall City Council,
I write to you as a member of the Cornwall community.
You are no doubt aware of the Concerned Citizens Coalition – a group of local residents initiating action to acquire the soon to be decommissioned Cornwall GeneralHospital.
This group envisages the renovation and retrofit of the old Cornwall General, to create a state-of-the-art retirement / long term care / assisted living facility, which would also incorporate commercial, office, clinic and community space.
There is no question of the need for increased senior facilities, or the financial viability of such a community encompassing project; demographics clearly show the demand, and the success of similar projects clearly shows the economic feasibility.
I invite you to acquaint yourself with one particular model of success;the Victoria Village project in Barrie Ontario.
I recently visited this site, and found a mix of residential, commercial, business, and community operations that is a going concern. The construction of Victoria Villagewas a boon to the local economy and workforce, and the completed project has become a thriving microcosm of community; a self-sustaining financial success, and a sought after location for residents and commercial tenants.
A grassroots organisation has sprung up in our own community of Cornwall, to achieve a similar great work. What is needed now is the will and commitment of our civic leaders to facilitate their work.
I ask you to please throw your weight behind this movement, and not be diverted by less worthy or less likely projects competing for your attention.