Stratford’s first public hospital, is gone

Despite pleas from heritage groups, and concerned Stratford citizens, the destruction of Avon Crest began in November 2023.

Little imagination was shown by the Huron Perth Health Alliance or Stratford City Council, whose focus this year is on affordable housing. How many of those affordable housing units could have been created in a re- purposed Avon Crest?

They chose rather to create a pile of rubble from an important piece of Stratford’s history. Supposedly, the for-profit company, Revera Canada, will build a long-term care home to replace one already in existence for a net gain of 38 beds.

Until then, a parking lot will occupy one of Stratford’s most interesting sites.