Seniors’ complex approved in Sundridge

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Construction on a new seniors’ housing complex in the village of Sundridge has been approved to start this spring.

Bill Atkinson, chair of the Non-Profit Organization for Almaguin Housing announced this week that the group has purchased a property located at 20 Ontario St.

The site was previously owned by long-time resident and Sundridge councillor Harry Gregg, who died in 2017.

Atkinson says the groups seniors’ home vision is what Gregg himself had dreamed of for the property, proposing it to council in 2015

The group presented a plan at a tri-council meeting between the townships of Joly and Strong and the village of Sundridge in October 2019 for a 50-unit seniors’ affordable housing complex including studio, one- and two-bedroom units. The expected cost is $11 million.

Development at the site is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020, with an estimated completion date of early-2021.

Atkinson says the project will have a major impact on the community.

Population projections for the area compiled by the Ministry of Finance indicate the population of residents over 65 is expected to jump by approximately 40 per cent by 2031 while the core working age population of those between 25 and 64 years old is expected to see a decline of 15 per cent.

Nearly 90 per cent of dwellings across the entire Parry Sound Region are single detached homes — nearly 30 per cent higher than the provincial average.

That means that more affordable options like apartments, semi-detached homes, duplexes, row houses and movable dwellings only account for 10 per cent of all possible housing options across the region.

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