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Renovations at former Algonquin College progressing

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

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West Champlain Family Health Centre board chairman Bob French stands in a model suite in the new student residence that will occupy the North end of the former site of Alonquin College, set to partially open to students this fall.

Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer West Champlain Family Health Centre board chairman Bob French stands in a model suite in the new student residence that will occupy the North end of the former site of Alonquin College, set to partially open to students this fall.

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The West Champlain Family Health Centre will have a new home in a matter of weeks. The group of healthcare service providers will be vacating their current abode, connected to the Pembroke Regional Hospital, at the end of June, and will reopen in early July at the former site of Algonquin College on Pembroke Street West.

Specifically, the WCFHC will occupy the south end of the building, with their main entrance on Pembroke Street, while the north end of the former college will be converted into private, off-campus student residences.

"They're hoping to have students in here by September," explains Bob French, chairman of the WCFHC board. "I don't know that it will be entirely open, but they'll hopefully get one or two floors finished and ready to move in."

When the residence section is completed, there will be one unisex floor for men, one for women and one co-ed floor, with 76 units between them. While there are a few different designs and layouts, the bulk of those will be single-occupant, private rooms. Each room will have a bathroom with shower, a mini-fridge and a microwave, though they will not have kitchens.

"These units will be private and well-appointed," says French, "but residence will have to prepare meals elsewhere."

The building was purchase in the fall of 2014 by a small collective of investors, and French has no doubts they'll be able to fill the spaces once construction is complete.

For more information about the residence, visit their website at www.algonquin-house.ca.

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