Windsor is on its way to getting the long-term care beds many think the city desperately needs.

Construction of the 256-bed Schlegel Villages long-term care facility started Monday at St. Clair College.

Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said the new facility will provide relief to local hospitals, but more needs to be done to sustain the city's aging population.

"How much relief on a sustained basis? We'll have to wait and see. I don't want anyone to think once this is built and up and running that all our problems are solved," said Musyj.

"Our population will be two years older from now and the demands will just increase by then," he said.

This project was once planned for the old Grace Hospital property, before problems arose and the province eventually pulled the plug on the project.

Construction on the current site was supposed to start in February, but was again delayed.

Officials said the long-term care facility is expected to be complete in 18 to 24 months.