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Montague's Riverview Manor property could be used for housing: Mundy

Tina Mundy, minister of family and human services, is shown entering the legislature on Thursday. During question period, she confirmed that 30 senior units are coming to Charlottetown.
Tina Mundy, minister of family and human services. - File

A manor the province is replacing in Montague could become part of the government’s housing plan, says Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy.

During Friday’s question period, Montague-Kilmuir MLA Al Roach asked about Riverview Manor’s future now that the government is replacing it.

In response to Roach’s questions, Mundy said the government can’t do anything with the building until its residents move out.

“The first step is to take a look at all the government departments to see if there is any need, if there is any interest within government, and we will be starting that process very shortly.”

Munday said the province will be launching a provincial housing action plan soon, and the Riverview Manor property is one the government is discussing as part of that plan.

The province plans to replace Riverview Manor thanks to funding from the federal government with the expectation residents will move in later this year or in early 2019.

Last week, Transportation Minister Paula Biggar confirmed the government was demolishing the former Prince Edward Home in Charlottetown and the old Summerset Manor in Summerside.

Biggar said at the time that the Summerset Manor property could be used for more seniors’ housing.

Mundy said it’s too early to talk about a request for proposals for Riverview Manor because the government hasn’t determined whether it will deem the property surplus.

“It is a very important piece of property,” she said.

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