Pre-construction work has begun on the 30-unit expansion of Van Kleek Manor adjacent to the location of the former Vankleek Hill Daycare building.

“Our expansion is now fully funded and our construction contractor, Maylan Construction of Hawkesbury, has just begun mobilization activities at the site,” said Gary Barton, president of the non-profit Van Kleek Senior Citizens Manor.

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

“We already have a long waiting list for new apartments,” says Robin McRae, manager of the Manoir. She anticipates that many more people over the age of 60 will contact them in the coming weeks.

Completion of the expansion is scheduled for late spring 2023 and the first occupancies will take place just before the start of summer 2023.

The Township of Champlain sold one-third of the former Champlain Daycare property to the non-profit Van Kleek Senior Citizens Manor Corporation for one dollar. The township will keep the balance of the property, but the daycare has been demolished by the township.

The additional land acquired from the township was necessary to provide sufficient parking for the new building. In addition, the Township of Champlain granted Manor Company access to the daycare property for parking and vehicle access during construction.

During the upcoming 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 more information on the expansion of the Manor, contact Robin McRae at [email protected] or by calling 613-678-2818.

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