Town presents comprehensive demolition strategy for former hospital site

Former Oakville Hospital Site's Demolition Gurneys
Town presents comprehensive demolition strategy for former hospital site
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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Demolition of the former hospital site is scheduled to begin this summer and take approximately 12 months to complete. The town is committed to safely deconstructing the former hospital and Helen Lawson building, and has a thorough demolition strategy to guide the process. Residents are invited to attend an open house on March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Town Hall to learn more.

“Much work has been underway at the former hospital site to prepare for this phase of the project,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “At our last open house residents asked questions about noise, dust, debris and traffic routing during the demolition. I encourage all residents to drop by our open house to learn more about our comprehensive strategy and the plans we have in place to address these concerns.”

At the open house residents can learn about the strategy’s overall performance guidelines, the types of demolition activities that will take place, how specific constraints for the site will be addressed, and the mitigations measures in place to minimize impacts due to dust, noise and traffic.

The overall demolition approach will be completed using standard mechanical demolition, the most widely used method of building demolition, which involves specialized mechanized equipment, articulated lifts and cranes. The demolition of the buildings will use a 3Rs approach – reduce, reuse and recycle – with the contractor diverting as much waste as possible from landfill.

The Former Hospital Site Project is about the town working with our community partners to create a vibrant new community centre, park and future residential area to meet the needs of Oakville residents. This stage of the overall project involves demolishing the buildings, conducting a community needs assessment, determining the appropriate location for the centre and park, and developing a plan for future residential on any remaining lands. Following the demolition, the development of the community centre will take three years to complete with an opening scheduled for the end of 2020.

In addition, the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is undertaking a third party study on the future health needs of the area surrounding the former hospital site. The study is the first step in response to resident request for consideration of local healthcare services provided in the area. Once the results of the study are known, the town and the LHIN will further investigate opportunities for joint programming at the former hospital site including opportunities related to a health hub.
The former site of the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) was part of the town’s overall South Central Public Lands Study (SCPLS) which reviewed a number of key sites owned by the town in south central Oakville (e.g. surplus school sites, Oakville Arena) and made recommendations about their future use, including recreation uses.

For more information and to sign up for email updates from the town, please visit the Town of Oakville website at oakville.ca and use the search words “former hospital”. You can also email any questions to formerhospitalsite@oakville.ca. If you plan to attend the open house on March 1, 2017 and have any accessibility needs, please let us know by February 23 by contacting ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601, or by filling out the online accessible feedback form.

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