LHSC Offers To Buy Bethesda Centre

The London Health Sciences Centre is offering to purchase the former Bethesda Centre, but the plan isn’t to bring back the home for young, expectant mothers.

The LHSC announced on Thursday that it has submitted an offer to buy the building at 54 Riverview Ave. from the Salvation Army. The centre will be used to house, among other things, the hospital’s Adult Eating Disorders Service, in partnerships with the CMHA-Middlesex.

The Salvation Army closed the centre for pregnant teens, that once housed popstar Justin Beiber’s mother Patti Mallette, in May of 2012. A campaign to save the centre failed to raise enough money to keep the doors from closing.

The new service for adults suffering with eating disorders has been searching for permanent home since it was created in 2012.

The LHSC says neighbours of the centre received letters this week advising them of the offer to buy the centre. The hospital will also hold a community meeting to answer resident questions about the possible sale.

It’s expected the sale will be finalized by the end of the week.