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City selling land for construction of new Sumac Lodge

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Journal Staff

Sarnia has agreed to sell a piece of land to allow construction of a new long-term care home.

Revera Inc. purchased the lot at 1597 London Line to replace the existing Sumac Lodge on Blackwell Road. The agreed price of the four-acre site is $250,000.

The current Sumac Lodge has 128 beds and employs about 100 full-time and part time staff.

The new facility would have 128 to 256 long-term care beds, pending Ministry of Long Term Care approval, city staff said.

The property, which is flag-shaped, has a narrow access onto London Line and was purchased by the city in 2003 as part of a larger land holding associated with the Research & Business Park off Modeland Road.

Mayor Mike Bradley said the city received several offers for the land over the years but those deals all fell through.

The property will need to be rezoned to accommodate the new home.

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