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Old Ursuline Convent Almost Ready

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larger_img_5535.a_0.jpg--March 24, 2001.

The Ursuline Convent in Stanstead, which closed its doors back in 2004 after 125 years of continuous service to the community, will soon see new life as a seniors complex.

Dubbed Manoir Stanstead, the privately run, multi-million dollar, project has been in the works for several years. There have been several starts and stops along the way, with numerous delays in the projected completion date for the complex.

Manoir Stanstead, phase one of which will include 65 residential units for seniors of semi-autonomous capabilities, is set to open in the coming weeks. This phase of the project involves the complete refurbishment of the former nuns' residential wing, along with the chapel. Work on this wing of the building is ongoing.

Eventually, a phase 2 will involve the renovation of the former boarding school itself, which adjoins the nuns' wing to the north, and which dates in part to 1881. That phase will include accommodations for more seniors, including seniors requiring greater care.