BlackBurn_DonationKirk Scott • Black Burn News • September 28, 2017 – The Centre Grey Hospital in Markdale has received a significant donation from an area developer.

Flato Developments of Markham has promised the hospital a half million dollars over ten years.

The company is currently in the first stage of developing an 800 home subdivision in nearby Dundalk.

Flato President Shakir Rehmatullah realizes Dundalk residents depend on the Markdale hospital. He says they want to be a vital part of the community.

“It’s just a way of saying we’re supporting the community and that should make them proud and that should make them feel they bought their home from a builder who cares, who is involved in the community. We’re not just out there to just build the homes and we’re gone. We’re going to be here, we’re going to stay around and we want to work with the community,” says Rehmatullah.

He adds they have no plans at the moment for development in or near Markdale but it could come down the road.

Centre Grey Hospital Board Chair Fay Harrision says the money will be used to ensure excellent, local health care is available for families in the current Markdale hospital location as well as the new hospital. Construction on that is expected to begin in 2019.