When you see something every day in the landscape, you don’t even notice it anymore until something changes. This happened at the corner of High and Second Streets, opposite the Metro store. All of a sudden, people are asking what’s going on with this property where several brick townhomes are sitting empty and large stands of trees have been cleared.
The 3.5 acre site is owned by the County and the 30 townhomes on the site have been vacated. The Simcoe County Housing Corporation is proposing to tear those down and to create two apartment buildings on the site: one being a six-storey building with 55 units geared at families and the second being a five-storey building with 92 units geared to seniors. The almost $40 million dollar project is currently before council to obtain the required re-zoning and, construction is expected to be completed in 2019.
Given how much attention has been drawn to the site by the mere removal of a stand of trees, it should be quite interesting to see how people will react to five and six storey buildings on that site where nothing surrounding it comes even close in height. It will also be interesting to see how traffic in that area will be impacted by the creation of an extra 117 homes on the same site. Don’t get me wrong – we NEED affordable housing units in the community and I’m glad we are getting these. I just hope the planning is intelligent.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg