Frequently Asked Questions - Demolition of Former Nurses' Residence

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DEMOLITION OF FORMER NURSES’ RESIDENCE
120 Byron Street

What is happening at the former nurses’ residence?
Why is the former nurses’ residence being demolished?
What will be put in place of the former nurses’ residence?
Who approved the demolition?
How long will demolition take?
What level of disruption is to be expected from the demolition (e.g., will the demolition be noisy, disruptive, or produce foul smells)?
How will parking for tenants in the old hospital building, located at 176 Wellington Street, be impacted and what arrangements are being made?
How has safety been considered?
Is there any risk to health and safety?
Does this building have any significant heritage value or interest?
What is the plan for the old hospital building (176 Wellington Street)? Is that being demolished, too?
Who should I contact if I have questions regarding this demolition project?


What is happening at the former nurses’ residence?

The demolition of the former nurses’ residence is set to commence. Construction crews will mobilize and fencing will be erected around this property starting on Monday, March 8, 2021. Demolition will take place in the weeks to follow with work anticipated to be complete in mid-April.

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Why is the former nurses’ residence being demolished?

The residence, including all of its plumbing and heating systems, was decommissioned when the property was acquired in 2017. This building has been identified in the Town’s Facility Master Plan for disposal because it is beyond its useful life. Budget has not been allocated to handle any major repairs or preventative maintenance on this facility.

When the property was initially acquired, there were some tenants in the facility. These tenants are now accommodated in the main building of the old hospital.

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What will be put in place of the former nurses’ residence?

The current plan is to construct a Municipal parking lot in this space.

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Who approved the demolition?

The demolition of the former nurses’ residence was approved by Town Council, through the 2021 Capital Budget, at the January 27, 2021, Special Council Meeting.

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How long will demolition take?

This process will begin Monday, March 8, 2021, and is expected to be completed by mid-April.

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What level of disruption is to be expected from the demolition (e.g., will the demolition be noisy, disruptive, or produce foul smells)?

This work will require some heavy equipment, such as excavators and dump trucks. Some noise can be expected, but the work will comply with the Town’s Noise Bylaw. No offensive smell is expected to be caused by this project.

Every effort will be made to complete the work as effectively and efficiently as possible and minimize disruption to residents.

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How will parking for tenants in the old hospital building, located at 176 Wellington Street, be impacted and what arrangements are being made?

Town staff has discussed the impact of this project with the tenants of the old hospital. Parking arrangements will be accommodated in the site’s main lot.

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How has safety been considered?

Construction fencing is being installed around the perimeter of the work. The public has been informed of this project through a Public Notice on the Town’s website and social media platforms. Town staff has also consulted with Royal Oak School, which operates inside the old hospital site, adjacent to the former nurses’ residence.

Since the school walkway can’t be fenced off because it is an approved fire exit, those attending the private school are being redirected away from this access and to the front entrance exclusively.

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Is there any risk to health and safety?

No. This demolition project poses no risk to the public. The Town asks that the public avoid the area for the duration of the demolition.

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Does this building have any significant heritage value or interest?

No. Town staff has reviewed the Municipal Heritage Register and has confirmed that this building is not registered.

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What is the plan for the old hospital building (176 Wellington Street)? Is that being demolished, too?

No. The old hospital building is not a part of this demolition project. Town staff is putting together a Request for Expression of Interest to determine the future use of that site. There is a meeting of the Former Hospital Steering Committee on March 16.

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Who should I contact if I have questions regarding this demolition project?

Additional questions regarding this demolition project can be asked by calling the Town Offices at 905-468-3266 or emailing info@notl.com

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