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Seen Friday behind the former Plummer Hospital (10 photos)

Sunday, June 08, 2014   by: Donna Hopper

Demolition of the former Riverview mental health facility began Friday as site development plans move forward.

Located on the former Plummer Hospital property, the removal of the building will facilitate TVM Group's development of the site into Riverwalk Condominiums.

Planned amenities for the luxurious 40-unit residential development include yoga and fitness facilities, a theatre/media room, and a dining lounge.

TVM Group purchased the Plummer Hospital site from the Sault Area Hospital in 2013 and construction began last October.

To read more about the development, please click here.

For more information about Riverwalk Condominiums, please click here.

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rockbanger 6/8/2014 12:52:41 PM Report

This is nice to see The old Riverview Sanctuary coming down...

All the horrible memories for so many families...Many tormented souls had passed through those halls. May god have mercy on all of their souls.

Hopefully the new SAH will have a better facility and better procedures to help people who suffer mental illness so badly.

Bristol1 6/8/2014 12:56:08 PM Report

My mother always said that she would end up in river view because we drove her crazy
S.M.A.R.T. 6/8/2014 1:18:12 PM Report

Sad to see another perfectly viable building being torn down. We as a society are sorely guilty of waste on a grand scale and this is just another example of our gratuitous disregard for valuable assets for the sake of expediency and greed.
irishfey 6/8/2014 2:33:01 PM Report

Yes it's sad that many suffer from mental illness but why tear down a building that could have been turned into a Seniors home or the likes of such... It sickens me to see good buildings tore down when a little work and upgrade they could be used for something else... Wonder what will be built in it's place?? Another Condo for the rich and famous or maybe another Casino???.. What a waste!!!! ROCKBANGER... Same Doctors in the new Hospital that served in Riverview.....
jesse08 6/8/2014 3:04:18 PM Report

Irishfey doesnt read very well
Sunnidelight 6/8/2014 3:30:22 PM Report

I thought that building would have made another nice residence for Algoma University. In fact, since the Plummer Family always meant for that property to be of benefit to everyone, the whole site could have given the university or even NOSM a place to expand their campuses with more classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, etc.

It's sad. Instead, Riverview, which stood as a symbol to so many families and even a memorial for some, is being turned into something that does not befit the character of that portion of Queen St. or the history of our city.
havenesegal 6/8/2014 7:09:34 PM Report

Not everyone who spend time in river view have horror stories to tell. I know people who were very helped there .I am sad to see it go.I wish they turned in into affordable housing the waiting list is so long.I wonder what they will do with the tunnel??
thomas 6/8/2014 8:40:00 PM Report

Any of you could have bought it and turned it into whatever the zoning allows if you don't like what they are doing. Otherwise, it really isn't your business to complain. It will cost the company that bought it huge $$$ to get it ready for building. Since they bought it, they can do with it as they please.

I'm not sure about Riverview, but I heard that the Plummer was structural unsound and Riverview was part of the old hospital. It actually used to be the nurse's residences way back when.
Working Man 6/8/2014 10:28:17 PM Report

The building had to be demolished, obviously. They sold it! Whoever purchased the property isn't just going to let it sit empty because people think that 'it's sad' to tear down. Are you kidding me? Why would anyone buy it then? Just to let it sit for no reason at all??

Tormented souls? Yeah right! Most people who passed through those halls didn't go through anything at all, or they did it directly to themselves. Of course some people went through as much as me, but most people haven't.

I've lost friends in helping professions by speaking to them about problems. I even asked a psychiatrist, 'why am I hearing these extremely loud auditory things?'.... The response was, 'I don't know'... Never heard from her again. I swear to god..

I spoke to other therapists who I was friends with about problems.. They just fade out of your life. They do 'not' care! Nor are they competent enough to solve problems! I know that may sound stupid of me to say to some of you.

Their solution is just to dis-associate themselves from you. That way it's not 'their problem' anymore. That's their solution to things... Newsflash to them: it doesn't solve anything at all!!! Dis-association only releases stress on the therapists, not the tormented individual. Therefore it is not a solution at all..

I highly recommend not speaking to any type of therapist about problems. Not even a psychiatrist. They have proved to me that they can't solve a Schizoid/avoidant/unspecified disorder. They don't have a solution for it... At least that is what they've told me. So now I have to suffer in torment for the rest of my life(probably another 40 years). Thanks a lot!!

I've read literally hundreds of self-help books and didn't find out my particular problem until I read portions of the DSM(Diagnosic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). And even then, there isn't really a solution!!!

I would much rather have cancer 100%, I swear to god... Only there is a cure for cancer, they are just hiding it from you from fear of hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost in the medical field.

But, at least I can tell you that if you're schizoid or schizophenic, they won't do anything for you at all. But, they will not tell you that...
dadal 6/9/2014 8:23:37 AM Report

Hosptial needs to go. Riverview needed to go. Old unsafe building that are a eyesore.

Having said that, I would like to have seen that property used for something else other than condos. Some sort of attraction that would better benefit the city. But it is up to whomever purchased the property.

How about a spiral or odd shaped condo...oh wait, that fell through already.....
BT1979 6/9/2014 10:15:56 AM Report

I can't believe how off topic the responses get. The buildings being torn down are because of the amount of money it would cost to upgrade them from its previous codes to the codes that are governed today. Asbestos is a huge problem there, it's structurally unsound, etc. The company who bought that site will do whatever they want with it because they OWN IT. Their money their problem. Put it this way what they plan on doing there will create jobs in this city. We continually cry that nothing is happening here in Sault Ste. Marie and when a company decides to invest in something we take it down. If you can do better then do it! It's much better to do something with the site then to leave it standing as an eye sore.

Be grateful for once people.
S.M.A.R.T. 6/9/2014 11:02:35 AM Report

Anyone who thinks that Riverview Hospital was structurally unsound is as usual drinking of the Kool-Aid that so often seems to be ingested when it comes to buying into the assessment of older buildings. These edifices were constructed much more solidly than those of today and buildings such as Riverview were and are by no means compromised. I repeat, waste for the sake of expediency and greed. Also makes one wonder just how much value the public gets for the sale of public properties when developers can be so cavalier in the demolition of perfectly viable structures.
Working Man 6/9/2014 10:40:37 PM Report


I agree that it was most likely structurally sound.

But, we have a new hospital already. They had to sell the old ones. They can't keep them there indefinitely unused, right. They have to be torn down as they are an eye sore to the community(we have to many eye sores here). Simple. The new building will be better looking and will provide more housing to the people who can afford it.

Will it create jobs? Well, they will need superintendants... Oh, wait.. They won't as it's a condo! Then again, engineers, tradesmen and labourers will have their work cut out for them. Which is positive.
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