Ramsay questions delays on former Summerset Manor
Summerside– Summerside-Wilmot Progressive Conservative candidate Brian Ramsay is questioning the delays in redeveloping the former Summerset Manor property to help address the need for seniors housing in the Summerside area.
“I’m hearing from a lot of people concerned about seniors housing and looking for quality long-term care spaces for their loved ones. The former Summerset Manor property has sat idle for almost five years now. If government wasn’t going to use the building it should have turned it over to the private sector to redevelop. That would improve access to seniors housing, spur economic activity and create jobs. Instead this government has ignored the needs of seniors in Summerside,” said Summerside-Wilmot Progressive Conservative candidate Brian Ramsay.
Ramsay pointed to government tender documents released last week that show the province maintained heat in the property until 2014 and only turned off water service in 2015. Summerside City Council has raised concerns about the status of the property for more than two years, citing both safety concerns for idle buildings and the potential for economic redevelopment of the property by the private sector. Despite repeated claims from the province that work was underway on divesting the property the first Call for Proposals from the province for the property was only issued on September 23. The former Summerset Manor property has been vacant since January 2012.
“It’s been almost five years and government is only getting to the call for proposal stage now. This should have been dealt with long ago and it just shows how low a priority seniors in Summerside are for the government. I will hound the government as the MLA for Summerside-Wilmot to make sure this gets dealt with and that seniors in Summerside are treated fairly,” said Summerside-Wilmot Progressive Conservative candidate Brian Ramsay.
Belfast-Murray River MLA and Opposition Family and Human Services Critic Darlene Compton said the delay on the former Somerset Manor property is consistent with how the MacLauchlan government handles long-term care for Island seniors, noting the recent delay of construction of two new manors in Tyne Valley and Montague.
“Before the last election the Premier promised new manors for Tyne Valley and Montague and nothing has come to pass except more delays and excuses. It’s the same thing with the old Summerset Manor. This government’s promises to Island seniors are as empty as the former Summerset Manor building,” said Compton.