By CECILIA NASMITH NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY
COBOURG — Ground will be broken Tuesday on a project almost a decade in the making.
Keystone House will provide 14 permanent jobs, while fulfilling a need that has not been taken care of, builder Al LeBlanc told Cobourg council at this week’s committee-of-the-whole meeting.
That need is to provide a home for developmentally disabled adult children whose parents have cared for them all their lives. As those parents age, they worry what will become of these adult children.
LeBlanc’s appearance was on behalf of Keystone Community Supports, who are asking that the development charges and building-permit fees on the house on Parkview Hills Drive be waived.
Keystone co-chair Colin Sanders said he had been involved in the project since it started out as an idea bandied about over a coffee table. In the ensuing decade, people have given generously, from $2 to $2,000, and more. With money being raised for the house, the last piece fell into place in recent weeks with the announcement of operational funding from the province.
Councillor Miriam Mutton asked how accommodations would be set up. Sanders said that the 3,000-sq.-ft. home would be divided into two apartments, one accommodating two people and one accommodating three. All existing services and personal- help arrangements these residents have would remain with them in their new home.
As well, the operational funding has allowed them to include two respite beds and 2,000 respite hours per year.
There’s nothing like it in the province, LeBlanc said.
Mutton said a precedent had been set for this kind of request with Habitat For Humanity homes, and Deputy Mayor Stan Frost made a motion that the request be referred to staff for a report.