COE HILL – Work is expected to start in spring on a $450,000 low-income seniors housing project in Coe Hill.
Springale Developments Inc. is the contractor and is expecting to have work done by late spring, said Michelle Ogden, affordable housing program supervisor in the County of Hastings social services department
The Ironwood Seniors residence had its birth in early 2009, when Wollaston Township Reeve Dan McCaw called a public meeting regarding the need for affordable seniors housing in the township. That led to a creation of a seniors non-profit housing committee, which worked with Hastings County to survey Wollaston residents.
The project also obtained a $10,000 grant from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to look for a location and conduct environmental assessments.
Early in 2009 the county put out a call for proposals to build the Coe Hill project. At the same time, the county was preparing to submit several housing proposals to a Canada-Ontario affordable housing program.
When that money wasn’t awarded, county council agreed to pay for the project out of reserve funds – a first, Ogden said.
Township council must also upgrade the road to the site along Spring Street, roughly behind the FoodMart.
An Official Plan Amendment request has been submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Springale Development is waiting for the Ministry’s response. There is no zoning for multi-residential of this nature in Coe Hill. The zoning approval is needed to allow construction.
The building will have four units with an office. Each of the one-bedroom units will be entirely self-contained. One apartment will be fully wheelchair accessible, Ogden said.
All units will have full-size shower units with appropriate grab bars and seat. The accessible unit will have a roll-in shower and accessible kitchen appliances.
The county will start looking for tenants once there’s a firm completion date, Ogden said. It will be available to people age 65 and older .
A waiting list for apartments will be created, now that there’s going to be seniors accommodations in Wollaston, Ogden said.
The lot is big enough for expansion of the seniors building, but there are no plans to do that at this point in time, Ogden said.