Site of Future Niagara Regional Housing Development Announced
Niagara Region, June 27, 2016
Today Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) and the City of St. Catharines announced the site of future NRH development at 527 Carlton Street.
To respond to current affordable housing need and development pressure, NRH has purchased a site formerly occupied by Carlton United Church in St. Catharines. The location is in a built-up area, bound by the Carlton Public School soccer fields to the north, Carlton Street to the south, and single-family dwellings to the east and west. It is 2.3 acres and currently vacant, covered by sod and a gravel parking area.
With one of the highest population growth projections in Niagara, St. Catharines will likely continue to have a high demand for affordable housing as the population continues to be unmatched with supply. Based on preliminary analysis, there is a disproportionate need for additional affordable 1-bedroom adult housing in St. Catharines.
According to NRH’s Centralized Waiting List, the waiting period for a 1-bedroom unit in St. Catharines is approximately 12 years. “This is 12 years too long to have a stable home”, said NRH Board Chair Paul Grenier, “This property purchase will eventually help us to shorten the wait a bit. It is certainly a step in the right direction. I can’t say enough about Carlton United Church, who really made this possible. They wanted to make sure that this land contributes to a better community and gave NRH purchasing priority to make it happen.”
Increasing the stock of affordable housing is a high priority for NRH who is currently exploring opportunities to develop this vacant land into multi-residential rental housing. Bringing more affordable housing to St. Catharines will make a positive difference in the lives of the residents who will live here and contribute to their community.
“This new build will help create safe, quality, affordable housing for many families in our community to call home”, said Mayor of St. Catharines Walter Sendzik, “With nearby access to transit, shopping, schools, services and greenspace, the location is ideal for new residential development. I’d like to thank the Carlton United Church community for their support – this is what building a compassionate city is all about.”