Affordable housing committee identifies two possible tasks, seeks RFPs

Catrina P. Smith

Midland is looking for proposals to develop two cost-effective housing initiatives.

The request for proposals (RFPs) went out late last 12 months inviting professionals, these kinds of as architects, architectural designers, land use planners, or engineers to analyze 415 William St. and 260 Midland Ave. to existing most effective works by using for attainable housing.

The analyze is seeking for thoughts that purpose to deliver the highest selection of studio, one and two-bedroom units, dimensions for which will vary from about 500 to 850 sq. ft., with restricted parking. The submitted ideas ought to discover at the very least 10 units (of blended measurements) that meet the town’s objectives for housing attainability, which is a rental price of somewhere around $800 for each thirty day period.

The undertaking may well include things like a blend of honest sector value rents and supported rents to make the project monetarily feasible and self-sustaining. The town document also states that submitted proposals may possibly include non-residential parts if these components lead to the viability of the venture.

The RFP interval finishes on Jan. 23, in accordance to Rob Elliott, the town’s community and advancement companies government director, who current associates of Council’s Job Force on Very affordable Housing that held its very first conference of the 12 months Tuesday.

Members of the team are presenting a draft company situation and future ways to council at its 1st assembly of the calendar year on Wednesday, Jan. 20, a several days in advance of the RFP deadline.

Job-power chair Gord McKay mentioned the team will advise council of its routines to date and make a circumstance for its program of motion going forward.

He then questioned Elliott if he had any a lot more information and facts on the product the City of Halton Hills is subsequent.

Elliott stated he experienced not listened to back again from the municipality owing to the vacation period.

“Halton Hills identified a require for cost-effective housing and have determined surplus lands inside of their community as nicely,” he extra. “What they’re carrying out is placing an RFP out hunting for a partner they could do the job with to create and operate these lands for very affordable housing reasons.

“I am seeking to get more info about what achievements will search like for them, what their predicted working design seems like and what kind of chance for success in obtaining a associate they see out there,” stated Elliott. “I feel this is a really great avenue to investigate.

“This is an opportunity that places the municipality at very little risk. Locating partners that could build, work and with any luck , preserve these kinds of services is a little something Midland must retain on the radar as a incredibly feasible answer to the inexpensive housing industry.”

The group will maintain its subsequent meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday. Feb. 1, to address council opinions and listen to final results from the RFP.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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