History is coming full circle at a new Cornwall retirement residence on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall.
The former East Front Public School, a staple on Montreal Road for decades, is now known as the Riverfront Retirement Centre and the vision for a top-tier home for those in their senior years is quickly taking shape.
“We are taking something that might have been lost, and we’re turning it into a dwelling that is going to benefit the community,” said Brian Kennedy, general manager. “We have individuals who had children that attended the school, we have teachers and staff who have told us they want to live here.
“So we’re really coming full circle with this particular property, and we’re so happy to see the smiles on people’s faces.”
In addition to incredible views and vistas along the St. Lawrence River, the more than 80 residents of the facility will still have easy access to all the shops in both downtown and in Le Village in Cornwall.
Weekly housekeeping service, laundry, bed linen, meals, internet/phone/cable, and recreation programs are just some of the services that are all included as part of the rental agreement.
“We provide many services to offer our clients a comfortable lifestyle by filling their needs,” said Kennedy. “We are committed to the preparation of balanced meals to ensure the well-being of our residents.”
Built in 1934 and closed in 2016, East Front Public School was purchased in 2017 by two partners from the Eastern Ontario region. Their goal? To convert this once educational establishment into a retirement residence to give a new purpose to a heritage building.
“It’s important for the owners to preserve the physical appearance of the original establishment to conserve the history and heritage that it brings to the community of Cornwall,” said Kennedy. “Riverfront received the Heritage award in 2019.”
Riverfront will open its doors Jan. 1, 2020 where more than 80 residents will be welcomed in the first phase of the project and another 40 in the second phase next year.