Anthony Dumas, property owner of the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours building, weighs in on the current lease situation
LOCAL NEWS – MARCH 25, 2022: BLANC-SABLON, QC. - Anthony Dumas, property owner of the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours building, weighs in on the current lease situation
Following the news coverage by CFBS on March 24th regarding questions from local residents on if services would continue at the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours in Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, we were speaking with Mr. Anthony Dumas who owns the building that currently hosts the residence to see if he could shed more information on what is happening with the current lease, and the information given by the CISSS de la Côte-Nord stating that the building will no longer meet intermediate operating standards by December 2022.
Mr. Dumas informed CFBS that there is no current lease contract with the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord), the contract was not renewed by the CISSS since October 1st 2017. "I cannot understand why they are saying it is not up to standards, the only communication I have received from the CISSS asking for any upgrades to the building was a letter dated on July 30, 2021 asking for paint to freshen up the patio deck" stated Mr. Dumas.
Anthony Dumas has owned the building since it was renovated in 2011, where he operated the residence himself until 2013. Besides for that time frame, the newly renovated facility has only ever been leased to the health center, and was meeting all of the requirements necessary he says. The CISSS installed a new alarm system at the beginning of the first lease, and that was the only upgrade carried out. Mr. Dumas states that in the leases that were signed in 2013 and then again in 2014, the CISSS as the leaser was to assume all damages to the building such as paint, plaster, furniture upkeep, flooring, patio, and daily maintenance. "I am disappointed about this current situation, I can only imagine how concerned the residents must be in worry of what will happen" says Anthony Dumas.
On March 1st 2022, Anthony Dumas attended a meeting with the heath center establishment. At this meeting, Mr. Dumas said he was told that the CISSS will not be adding any new residents, and questions were raised about building standards. Anthony said he gave the CISSS three options to consider; to buy the building, to sign a new lease for the building, or to terminate the use of the facility on May 30, 2022. "I feel that the CISSS de la Côte-Nord has long had the intention to discontinue leasing the building for the residence, otherwise why not sign a new lease after the last one ended in 2017? As a landlord, how can I invest further in the property without a contract? It makes no sense. I want to work with the CISSS for a solution" adds Mr. Dumas.
LOCAL NEWS – MARCH 24, 2022: BLANC-SABLON, QC. - What will happen to the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours?
CFBS received information from concerned local citizens that the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord) would no longer be operating the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours home in Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, a home for individuals with a slight loss of autonomy. This residence has been much appreciated by the community, and the people who stayed there, since its doors opened in late 2011. Following our questions to the CISSS, this information was sent to CFBS by email from Pascal Paradis, Communications Advisor of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord:
"Since March 2019, the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours is no longer operated by a private promoter. The CISSS de la Côte-Nord manages the resource in the rented building. Despite the calls for tenders, no promoter came forward to operate an intermediate resource (IR) in the Blanc-Sablon sector.
Even though operating an IR is not part of the mission of a health care establishment, the CISSS is temporarily maintaining the current service offer. However, the building will no longer meet the IR operating standards as of December 2022. There are currently no more new admissions at the Résidence aux Beaux Séjours. An assessment of the residents is underway to determine the best lodging option for each of them, and they will be met individually in the near future. The CISSS will take steps to ensure that residents who wish to stay there will be able to do so, but several issues are out of its control, including the lease. Residents will be kept updated regularly as developments arise." - Pascal Paradis, Communications Advisor of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord
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