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Home Care In Uptown Core, ON

Home Care Uptown Core, ON

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Fort Mississauga and Mississauga Point Lighthouse National Historic Sites gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Uptown Core, ON is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“Thank you for hosting the Dementia Live session. I am so grateful for this opportunity to understand what my loved one is going through and learn strategies to help them cope with dementia. It was nice to be in a room of people that understand, support and can relate to the up’s and down’s of coping with a loved one that has dementia.”

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“Always Best Care provided me with with very nice and practical care givers following my recent knee surgery. Will totally use them again when the other knee or something else is done.”

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“I have terrific care for my father from Always Best Care The Personal Support Workers ensure my dad remembers to take his medication and that he has lots of food to eat and enogh to drink. The managers are good at letting me know when they have to make a staffing change for the day. I have piece of mind and I know everything is going to be alright when I am away. Thanks to Always Best Care!”

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“My husband had a stroke/brain bleed almost 3 yrs ago & we have been exposed to many agencies This particular agency had gone above & beyond to ensure ALL needs were met by finding just the right PSW for my hubby & our home environment. The personal touch provided, made both my husband & I feel that our struggles are real & the staff genuinely care. ALWAYS BEST CARE is just that... the best care. A special thank you to Coree!!”

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“Always Best Care Senior Services helps my loved one out with bathing and meal preparation mainly, which is very important to have provided for her on a consistent daily basis. The office staff is always very consistent in getting back to me with emails and providing a helping hand. They have been extremely diligent in making sure we have the best care we can get so I’d certainly recommend them.”

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“ABC helps my loved one out with bathing and meal preparation mainly, which is very important to have provided for her on a consistent daily basis. The office staff is always very consistent in getting back to me with emails and providing a helping hand. They have been extremely diligent in making sure we have the best care we can get so I’d certainly recommend them.”

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“I am grateful that Always Best Care is here to help me. I am not sure what they could do better. They come and help me with transportation for appointments and errands. I like that they are courteous, pleasant and everything I was used to.”

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“I am grateful that Always Best Care is here to help me. I am not sure what they could do better. They come and help me with transportation for appointments and errands. I like that they are courteous, pleasant and everything I was used to.”

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“ABC has really helped ease my concerns and worries when caring for my loved one especially when im travelling. From the first connection with Steve to assigning PSWs to communicating with Coree my experience has been and continues to be amazing. Coree is exceptional in her work and always responds to our requests even on short notice. The PSW we have is also exceptional and goes above and beyond her duties. I could not have asked for more devoted help than from this company. Highly recommended. The are upfront, honest, trustworthy, and punctual. Great company.”

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“We had a fabulous experience with Always Best Care Senior Services. We needed unexpected immediate care for my Mom and Corrie was able to get everything arranged for us right away. She was very understanding, explained everything and willing to do anything she could to help. The caregivers that helped my Mom were wonderful and made her feel very comfortable. Would highly recommend them.”

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“Amazing organization. Very pleased at every aspect. I’m over thousand miles away from my mother and I feel blessed to have this group be on call for my mother when needed. Kindest Regards, Oliver”

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“I am a personal support worker at ABC, I’ve been working at ABC for about 10 months now. One thing I can recommend about working at ABC is that they are always available and quick to support (you).”

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“I had to engage Always Best Care for assistance with my parents. From my first call with Steve to the PSW they assigned to help out, I have been very impressed with their service. I wont hesitate to reccommend them to anyone.”

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“In a difficult pandemic and job hiring environment they showed up every day on time to care for my mother-in-law as she recovered from knee replacement surgery. Everyone was warm, attentive, professional and caring. They earn and deserve your business .”

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“Thank you the team at Always Best Care! They were instrumental in helping us to navigate what options we had in supporting my Dad as he recovers from a broken hip. Having them kindly answer questions helped to alleviate what is a stressful and difficult time for families. We were set-up with much needed PSW support on extremely short notice...and over the holidays too! The team has been very professional and caring in the services they have provided including adhering to safety protocols in the current environment. Additionally, they have been flexible in managing scheduling changes and have provided prompt updates as needed. Our family has been very pleased with Always Best Care Senior Services and appreciative of the peace of mind and support their services offer.”

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“I have been caring for my 85 year old Mom in my home for just over a year. My Mom lives with Alzheimer’s and requires assistance with most all aspects of her life. ABC was recommended to me by the LIHN and thank goodness they made the recommendation! Compared to the experiences I’ve had with other agencies they have been AMAZING! The customer service I’ve received is exceptional - they are responsive and agile working hard to ensure that I haven’t been without support throughout the pandemic. That, I think is a miracle! The caregivers are great - friendly, kind, and have taken very good care of my Mom. I can’t recommend ABC enough!”

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“I had to engage Always Best Care for assistance with my parents. From my first call with Steve to the PSW they assigned to help out, I have been very impressed with their service. I wont hesitate to reccommend them to anyone.”

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“Thank you to Always Best Care Senior Services for help with my grandmother after her surgery. My first panicked phone call was answered with care and calm. Their consultation and admission process was simple but thorough and they paired my grandma with a great team of caregivers. We are quite happy with their services and look forward to continuing on! Thank you Coree for bringing the heart into homecare!”

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“I had a wonderful experience with the team at Always Best Care! I was very worried about doing this, but the team was so professional and so friendly they made me feel so much better. They took amazing care of my grandparents and made them feel just as comfortable and supported as I did. They truly were the best and I highly recommend.”

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“Always Best Care provided excellent service for my elderly mother after she had a fall. The staff was informative, caring, empathetic, and flexible. Angela was a wonderful caregiver, very compassionate and professional. My mother was not keen on a caregiver coming but was put at ease and was very appreciative of her care. I highly recommend this agency for anyone's home care needs.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Uptown Core, ON?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

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At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Uptown Core, ON

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Dingle Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Hexagon Restaurant or visit Gooderham Building, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Uptown Core, ON

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Uptown Core, ON, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your ON's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Uptown Core, ON understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Post Inn Village
  • Extendicare Northridge LongTerm Care Home
  • VIVA Oakville Retirement Community
  • Chartwell Oakville Retirement Residence
  • Queens Avenue Retirement Residence
  • Extendicare West Oak Village LongTerm Care Home
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Uptown Core, ON 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Help design Milton’s new ‘Uptown’ core

Would you like to help transform and shape what Milton’s Main Street will look like?The Town of Milton is asking for the public’s help in redesigning Main Street East near the GO station, what the Town is calling ‘Uptown’. “Main Street East connects Milton’s arts district in the east to its historic downtown in the west,” the Town of Milton says in a release. “It is envisioned as a landmark street and a destination within Uptown, the Milton GO Station area.” ...

Would you like to help transform and shape what Milton’s Main Street will look like?

The Town of Milton is asking for the public’s help in redesigning Main Street East near the GO station, what the Town is calling ‘Uptown’.

“Main Street East connects Milton’s arts district in the east to its historic downtown in the west,” the Town of Milton says in a release. “It is envisioned as a landmark street and a destination within Uptown, the Milton GO Station area.”

This isn’t happening overnight. Years of work have led to this point, with the Town pointing to Milton’s Council approving policies in 2022 that tie into the area’s growth and development. That includes building heights, density, land use, parking, urban design and open space. Just recently, the sales pitch for the controversial Thompson Towers were held in the sky. The 27, 29, and 31-storey tall condo buildings will add to the area’s development.

Here are the key recommendations shared by the Town’s Mobility Hub Study for the future of Main Street East:

“Our growth strategy is defined and the area surrounding the Milton GO Station is a critical component of this,” says Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “We want to ensure that we do it right. It’s important to understand the public vision for the area, so we can build a place that matters to the future of Milton.”

If you’d like to share how you’d like this project to shape up, you can:

Public engagement will collect site-specific ideas about Uptown’s existing conditions and opportunities; review draft images of its potential design; and will lead to detailed study and design of Main Street East.

“We are taking important steps as a community to reshape the Milton GO Station district into a complete, accessible, and walkable community,” says Jill Hogan – Commissioner, Development Services, Town of Milton. “As we plan to make Uptown a hub of possibility, we want to welcome public input every step of the way.”

If you have a news tip or story idea, you can now send us a heads up via email at [email protected]. If you’d like to get ahold of me personally, shoot me a message at [email protected]. We’re in the business of content creation, so no idea is a bad idea.

*The image for the article was taken from the agenda of a 2020 Town Council meeting discussing the Milton Mobility Hub. The report can be found here.

Allen Square office building in Waterloo could be converted into 129 apartment units

Another underutilized office building in Ontario's Waterloo region could be converted into apartment units — this one near the uptown core in Waterloo.During an informal public meeting last week, city councillors heard details from developers about the proposed conversion of the Allen Square building.For the project, developers are asking for a zoning bylaw change to build an additional three storeys to the existing 40-year-old building.The conversion would add changes to the exterior of the building and renovate t...

Another underutilized office building in Ontario's Waterloo region could be converted into apartment units — this one near the uptown core in Waterloo.

During an informal public meeting last week, city councillors heard details from developers about the proposed conversion of the Allen Square building.

For the project, developers are asking for a zoning bylaw change to build an additional three storeys to the existing 40-year-old building.

The conversion would add changes to the exterior of the building and renovate the interior to create roughly 129 units. It would also have 152 parking spaces, 112 bicycle parking spaces and the building's ground floor would be dedicated for commercial use.

The conversion of the office building would meet the city's official plan on intensification in the area as it's close to the LRT and the uptown core, said Jenn Gaudet, a senior planner with MHBC Planning in Kitchener.

The conversion would also minimize construction impacts to the nearby neighbourhood and businesses, she said.

Gaudet also noted the conversion of Allen Square wouldn't go without its challenges, like the lack of windows and light, as well as the additional expenses to modernize the building.

"There's quite a bit of expensive modification that's required to convert to residential, so that's an additional constraint. We have to meet a new building code when we go residential," Gaudet said.

Max Kerrigan, senior planner for the City of Waterloo, said staff will take Monday's feedback and information into consideration to draft a staff report for council to consider recommendations at a later date.

"We will hold a formal public meeting at a future date, to be determined, at which point council will make a final decision on the proposed bylaw amendment."

Office conversion on the rise

The Allen Square project is one of several office buildings in the region that are being repurposed for residential purposes. It's a trend that is starting to take pace in Waterloo region and across Canada as more people are working remotely.

"All major cities are struggling with this surplus of vacant office space and it's not ideal if we want to create vibrant neighbourhoods," Carol Wiebe, a partner with MHBC, told council last week.

"This building in particular has struggled with leasing over the last number of years, which is probably one of the main reasons why the previous owners sold it."

Wiebe added that Allen Square had struggled to retain tenants in the past, mainly because the building was outdated and doesn't meet the need of today's workplace.

"Now post-pandemic, when there's a real competition for office space, the new office buildings that are highly tech oriented, new and inviting, those are where the new businesses are going to go," she said.

Karl Innanen, executive vice-president with Colliers Canada in Kitchener, said that pre-pandemic, organizations like his were already seeing office tenants move to more suburban locations outside the core. The pandemic accelerated that move.

"[A suburban office] seems to be where people want to go because they can get in and out easily, there's free parking available, they're not high rises so people don't have to spend a lot of time in an elevator and it's also closer to where people are commuting from," he told CBC News.

Innanen said there are benefits to the community in converting underutilized or vacant office buildings because it fills a gap in the affordability and housing shortage, but it also benefits the building owners.

"It's not only that no one is paying rent, but the landlords are paying for the operating costs. They have to keep the lights and heat on to a certain extent, but they also have to pay property tax on that," he said.

"If vacancy rates are over 28 per cent and yet residential vacancies are under two per cent, it makes sense to go to residential and to help bring more residential units to the market, be they rental or condominium."

New Oakville Town Hall to be built on existing site by 2028

Councillors have given the nod to a plan to replace town hall with a new building on the existing Trafalgar Road site.The new building is expected to shift west, into the current...

Councillors have given the nod to a plan to replace town hall with a new building on the existing Trafalgar Road site.

The new building is expected to shift west, into the current parking lot. Work on the new town hall is expected to be completed by 2028.

At their August 15 meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to spend $251,800 to hire a consultant who will start preliminary design work.

Town staff say they do not yet have a cost estimate for the new building.

Replacing the town hall building is necessary to accommodate plans to build a new north-south road through the property, running parallel to Trafalgar Road.

The new four-lane road - being called a flyover because it will cross the QEW - will connect White Oaks Boulevard to a future extension of Cross Avenue in Midtown.

An expected 2028 completion of the new town headquarters will allow construction on the flyover to start in 2029.

Town staff looked at options for moving town hall to Centennial Square or sites in Midtown or the Uptown Core but ultimately recommended keeping the building at its current location at 1225 Trafalgar Road.

Building on the existing town-owned nine-hectare property will allow staff to make a smooth transition to a nearby new building and maintain public familiarity with the site, said the report presented to council.

But that didn’t stop several councillors from pitching the idea of moving the Oakville base of operations to their ward.

Ward 1 councillor Jonathan McNeice suggested a high-rise town hall in Bronte could be a catalyst for the community and provide a badly needed parking garage in the area.

Ward 5 councillor Jeff Knoll argued that relocating the building to the Uptown Core would allow the high-density Trafalgar and Dundas node to maximize its potential.

"I just feel this is a great opportunity that’s being lost for an area that’s always been contemplated to have a municipal presence of some form," said Knoll.

Knoll added that town staff would benefit from the Uptown Core transit hub, while housing planned for the town-owned former Public Works property could be built on the existing town hall site.

According to town staff, the new building is intended to be a landmark structure that will provide a hybrid work environment for 600 staff members, incorporate smart technologies and be designed for net-zero energy use.

It will also provide publicly accessible gathering spaces and incorporate public art.

"This presents an opportunity to reimagine, redefine and reconstruct a new town hall," said Kendall Wayow, the town’s director of facilities services.

The existing town hall was constructed in the 1960s.

A full copy of the council brief on this subject can be found online here.

Why converting offices to apartments hasn't caught on in Raleigh

As demand for housing in the Triangle surges, office space is sitting empty. But don't expect those cubicles to be converted into condos any time soon.Why it matters: Rising rents and increasing vacancy rates at offices across the country have led many ...

As demand for housing in the Triangle surges, office space is sitting empty. But don't expect those cubicles to be converted into condos any time soon.

Why it matters: Rising rents and increasing vacancy rates at offices across the country have led many municipalities and developers to consider converting poor-performing offices into apartments.

State of play: The Triangle — despite growing vacancy numbers in its office buildings and a rapidly increasing population — hasn't seen much action around conversions compared to other large metro areas, Patrick Young, Raleigh's director of planning and development, told Axios.

Details: A recent research paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that around 11% of all office buildings in the U.S. could physically handle conversion.

Those same researchers identified five office buildings in Raleigh that could be candidates, the Triangle Business Journal reported:

Zoom out: In North Carolina, Charlotte has seen the biggest efforts at turning office buildings into apartments, as part of an effort to reinvigorate its uptown core, Axios Charlotte reported.

Yes, but: It's no easy feat turning a building designed for cubicles and hundreds of workers into a building that is attractive to renters or buyers.

The bottom line: Office conversions are expensive and are most financially viable in six metro areas (New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Denver) where rents are high enough to overcome costs, according to the NBER researchers from New York University and Columbia University.

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