NORTHUMBERLAND, ONT. — The new long-term care home in Northumberland County, which will also be the new home for the Northumberland County Archives and Museum, is expected to open its doors later this year.
Construction on the new 203,000-square-foot facility began in 2020. It is being constructed on Courthouse Road in the Town of Cobourg, Ont. adjacent to the existing over 100-year-old Golden Plough Lodge, the only municipally-operated long-term care home in Northumberland.
The new 180-bed facility will include a combination of one- and two bedrooms across six resident home areas.
The facility will include fireside lounges, a café and hair salon, a greenhouse for agri-therapy, an auditorium for concerts and resident events and outdoor courtyards and pathways.
An addition to the redevelopment project will be the integration of the archives and museum space. The new space has been designed to achieve mandated duties to preserve municipal records while delivering enhanced programming and exhibitions. It will also offer increased access to underrepresented local historical and cultural collections.
This facility will include a permanent display about the history of Northumberland County; an expanded reading room for public research; a processing and conservation lab; quarantine area for new/unprocessed artifacts/documents; and a gallery for community groups to showcase the stories they wish to tell.
Emphasis will be on energy efficiency and the reduction and mitigation of potential environmental impacts of the new building. The county is pursuing LEED Silver certification.