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Former public works site in Alliston slated for new hospice house

Posted February 4, 2014

Matthews House Hospice announced this morning plans to build a 10-bed facility on a one acre site at 131 Wellington St. E, in Alliston that was previously a public works depot.

The subject site, (132 x 330 ft lot) was sold as surplus property, in "as is condition" in November 2012 to MGM Developments, which includes Marv Chantler as a minority shareholder. Mr. Chantler is President of the Matthews Hospice board of directors. The property was listed at the time at $409,900.

Mr. Chantler told Free Press Online this afternoon that "the property had been for sale since last spring when the site plan that was submitted to the town for 20 townhouses was going to require a zoning change to do what the Development company wanted to do."

"An anonymous donor came forward late last year and the Board decided that this property would make an excellent home for a future Matthews House Hospice," he wrote, adding, "Matthews House purchased the property from MGM. Matthews House received a donation in 2013 from an anonymous donor that is being used to purchase the property."

The property is Zoned Urban Residential (Ur3) which permits Apartment Building, Group Townhouse Dwelling, Quadruplex, Retirement Home, Street Townhouse Dwelling ,Triplex. Hospice would be a permitted use.

In addition to its home on Hwy 89 (across from Nottawasaga Resort), Matthews Hospice rents two houses in the Kingsmere development, providing four termporary beds.

"We will build a building suitable for 10 beds to use in the future," wrote Mr. Chantler. "We are full with a waiting list. We have served 32 residences since opening two beds in August and another two beds on Oct 15th. The current need for beds is around 5-6."

Matthews House Hospice will embark on a capital fundraising campaign, which is anticipated to last about two years, and with consruction, would culminate in a three year project with an estimated cost of about $4 million.

By building a 10-bed hospice, Matthew's House is hoping to tap provincial/Central LHIN funding that has been allocating $98,000 per bed to planned hospices in York Region. Currently, Matthews House receives $38,000 in funding, and New Tecumseth is providing $20,000 in 2014 to help pay the rent on one of the Kingsmere homes.

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