Between Connaught and a hard place: Village of North ­Hatley turns around on approval of ­building permit for new Connaught Home

By Gordon Lambie
Between Connaught and a hard place: Village of North ­Hatley turns around on approval of ­building permit for new Connaught Home

It was the next big step; when Massawippi Retirement Communities (MRC) held its groundbreaking for the Grace Village facility in Huntingville in 2016, then-Executive Director Greg Bishop shared that the plan was to finish the new building, move the residents in North Hatley to Huntingville, and proceed with the reconstruction of the Connaught Home into an apartment complex for autonomous senior citizens. After years of planning and preparation, however, current Executive Director Doug Bowker says that the dream of a new Connaught has hit a roadblock after a complaint was lodged with Quebec’s Ministry of Culture & Communications earlier this year. “We want to move ahead and we can’t,” Bowker told The Record on Monday, explaining that after having worked closely with MRC on the Connaught plan and passed two separate resolutions approving the necessary permits, the North Hatley Municipal Council suspended the permit following ministry intervention. See full story in the Tuesday, April 16 edition of The Record.

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