Good news on Beautiful Plains Medical Clinic expansion


Neepawa Town Council meeting - Tuesday, Mar. 6.

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The expansion of the Beautiful Plains Medical Clinic is another step closer to reality. During the most recent Town of Neepawa Council meeting, councillor and Neepawa Area Development Corporation (NADCO) chair Murray Parrott provided an update on the project. He indicated that the blue prints for the proposed expansion were stamped and printed on Tuesday and that the tender process would formally begin on Friday, Mar. 9 at 5:00 p.m. 

The addition will house five new examination rooms, a sound proof office, an expanded storage area for supplies and two new basement suites, able to house two medical students. 

The clinic itself is run by the Beautiful Plains Medical Clinic committee, made up of councillors and community members.

Accommodation study

The results are in on a recent hotel and senior accommodation feasiblity study. The town distributed survey examined the market potential for two different scenarios for development. While both scenarios would include a 60 room branded hotel and conference centre, they do differ in regard to the senior apartment options. One would include an 18 suites option and the other with 24 suites, but a slightly smaller square footage per suite.

The analysis for hotel demand, indicated that it could see 55 per cent occupancy in the first year and up to 63 per cent by the third year. 

From the senior apartment side of the study, the response suggested that there is support for up to 50 new seniors apartments, made up of both independent and assisted living.

The estimated economic impact on Neepawa is believed to be significant, as it would create new jobs, make the town more attractive for visitation and overnight stays and potentially spur other retail and commercial development.

Portions of the study findings will be distributed to interested developers, though the full details can not be given to intersted parties as per an agreement with CBRE Canada, the organzation that aided in the survey.