The proposal to redevelop the MSA Hospital lands on McCallum Road in Abbotsford will move one step forward, as Fraser Health has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to secure a development partner for the lands.
The health authority envisions the future of this site to be a walkable, urban village with a state-of-the-art campus of care for seniors, including a 200-bed residential care facility, a community health centre, multi-family housing, and retail and park space.
The project will be a partnership between Fraser Health, the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District and the City of Abbotsford.
In February, the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District approved in principle the provision of 40 per cent of the projected $35.2-million capital cost for the seniors’ complex. The remaining 60 per cent will be contributed through the province and Fraser Health. Fraser Health will own and operate the facility.
The community health centre would be the second facility of its kind in the Fraser Health region. The first opened in the summer of 2013 on the Mission Memorial Hospital campus.
The core philosophy of community health centres is to co-ordinate and situate together a range of community health services and programs. This means people can receive the majority of their health care in one location.
The redevelopment of the MSA lands is subject to a successful request for proposals (RPF) process, which is expected to last until early 2015, when the final scope and scale of the project will be determined. The full RFP can be found on BC Bid: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca.
MSA Hospital was built in 1953 and was dismantled in early 2009, following the opening of the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Marshall Road in August 2008.