St. Paul's Anglican Church in Clinton (photo by Bob Montgomery) St. Paul's Anglican Church in Clinton (photo by Bob Montgomery)

Clinton church could be converted to apartments for seniors

The warden of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Clinton is pleased that Central Huron council will help them move ahead with their plan to build seniors apartments on the site of the church.

Ken van Riesen said the church is no longer viable as a place of worship, so they came up with the idea of creating apartments for active seniors.

The property was a municipal cemetery at one time, and van Riesen says they know some bodies were removed and taken to the Clinton Cemetery many years ago, but they don't know for sure that all of them were removed. A ground radar search of the property is needed.

Ken van Riesen – Warden, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Clinton (photo by Bob Montgomery)

"If there are bodies, we have to look at how much it would cost to do the archeological stuff on it and remove the rest of the bodies.  I know some of them were removed, but we have to remove the rest of them if there is some left," said Riesen.

Central Huron council agreed to cover the cost, up to a cap of $5,000.

The construction proposal includes between 60 and 85 one and two-bedroom apartments for active seniors.

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