New Village Green design plans unveiled

The spacious, redeveloped home will bring 62 new beds to the region and include a host of modern amenities

Design plans for the new, state-of-the-art Village Green were unveiled March 25 at a press conference in Greater Napanee, where announcements for the redevelopment of three other long-term care homes in the region were being made.

The event was attended by representatives from OMNI Health Care and other long-term care operators as well as representatives from provincial and local governments and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

In November 2020, the Ontario government approved the redevelopment plan to build a new 128-bed Village Green in Greater Napanee that will add 62 beds to the existing home.

During the event, it was announced that the new Village Green will be located at the northwest corner of Drive-In Road and Highway 41 in Greater Napanee.

Once completed, the new Village Green will be a Class A long-term care home consisting of four spacious living areas that will each be home to 32 residents.

The redeveloped Village Green will also have modern amenities, such as wider hallways and more home-like dining areas, and privacy will be enhanced by limiting all rooms to no more than one or two beds.

Outside, the new Village Green will have scenic gardens and outdoor space as well as a “whole home” gathering area and chapel space.

Patrick McCarthy, OMNI’s president and CEO, said in a statement that OMNI is pleased the Village Green redevelopment process is underway, adding feedback from people living and working at the home was included in the designs created by G Architects.

“We appreciate the people who live and work at Village Green and look forward to the new Village Green meeting the current and future needs of the community,” he said.

“During each design stage, architects have presented preliminary plans to residents, families, and staff in order to obtain and consider feedback.”

Village Green opened its doors Aug. 27, 1978. Since then, the home has prided itself on being focused on providing the best possible quality of life for residents, said Linda Pierce, the home’s administrator.

“Over the past 44 years the team of caregivers at the home have strongly believed in providing hope, purpose and belonging to the residents,” she said.

“With great anticipation, we appreciate the trust and support to continue our story.”

Construction on the $33-million project to redevelop Village Green could start as early as this autumn.

In addition to Village Green, there are two other OMNI long-term care homes that have been approved for rebuilding: Riverview Manor in Peterborough and Streamway Villa in Cobourg.

Construction is also well underway at four OMNI homes that have been approved for expansion: Almonte Country Haven, Country Terrace, Pleasant Meadow Manor and Woodland Villa.

– This is the first story in a three-part series about the Village Green redevelopment

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PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured above, an illustration created by G Architects of the front entrance of the new, 128-bed Village Green that has been approved for redevelopment.