The County has announced several Affordable Housing projects recently but one that got a lot of attention was the demolition of eight units at 265 -327 Elgin Street East to build 20 new ones. Some people commented on this blog and others participated in a County survey with the message – why can’t these units be salvaged? Well it turns out they can – at least partially. The County has now announced that “Key items such as doors, cabinets and plumbing fixtures that are in good condition and able to be reused will be donated to ReStore – Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit home improvement centre. The materials will be sold at a discounted price to generate revenue in support of Habitat for Humanity’s homebuilding program, which provides affordable housing for local families in Northumberland County.”
When gathering public feedback, the County described the project:
The full program involves increasing the number of subsidized and market rental housing units at this location from 18 to 40. In addition to 12 market rental units, there will be 28 subsidized units – an increase of ten over the current availability at this site – adding to the Northumberland County Housing Corporation’s existing stock of 344 units across Northumberland. This project responds to the critical need for additional purpose-built rental housing in Northumberland.
In addition to salvaging materials for ReStore, the retired buildings will also be repurposed as a training site for the Cobourg Fire Department prior to the demolition.
See Links below for more information about the projects and the transitioning of tenants.
County Warden Bob Crate said:
The Elgin Park Redevelopment project has proven to be an excellent example of community collaboration. In addition to the expansion of our local affordable housing stock to address a critical need in our community, the innovative partnerships formed between the NCHC, Northumberland County, Habitat for Humanity Northumberland and the Cobourg Fire Department will ensure we’re minimizing waste and maximizing community benefit.
There’s no word whether public feedback influenced their decision to recycle – or maybe it’s just the right (and obvious) thing to do. This project is managed by the Northumberland County Housing Corporation (NCHC) – see list of members below.
County Web site
- Elgin Park Re-Development Project – includes current status and why it’s needed.
- About Northumberland County Housing Corporation – Board Members: Chair Gil Brocanier; County CAO Jennifer Moore; County Councillor Gail Latchford; County Councillor John Henderson; Treasurer Lindsey Reed; Doug Bates; Neil Ellis; Victor Fiume; Daniel Quesada-Rebolledo; Lou Rinaldi; Anneke Russell.
- NCHC, County & Habitat partner to repurpose materials from Elgin Park Redevelopment – Current announcement – 17 August 2021
- County Seeks Feedback – 29 September 2020
- Online Survey re this Project – Now closed
Cobourg News Blog reports
- Affordable Housing gets Funding – 24 July 2020 – announcement of $5.7M funding from Provincial and Federal Governments.
- County Plans Expansion of Affordable Housing – 18 March 2019 – initial announcement