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Region looks to add more affordable housing properties for redevelopment

Proposed construction at two Kitchener properties could add 190 affordable units
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The region is looking to add two more affordable housing properties to a list of buildings set for redevelopment.

It's a tweak to the region's plans as it considers building fewer units in another building.

190 units could be added, in total, at 1050-1064 Courtland Avenue and 440-470 Shelley Drive, both in Kitchener.

This is 122 new units, on top of 70 existing ones.

According to a report by regional staff, construction would be slated for 2026.

At the same time, the property at 15-105 Mooregate Crescent is now seeing a plan for around one hundred fewer units. 

The region is proposing reducing the target there from 476 units to 378, with construction in 2025.

"The addition of Courtland/Shelley will replace units lost at Mooregate," stated the regional staff in the report.

The previous plan included three highrise buildings, but the region had faced concerns about height and density.

There are also other properties — three in Kitchener, one in Waterloo, and one in Cambridge, slated for redevelopment.

Altogether, there would be 669 additional affordable units.

This could put the region on track to exceeding its goal of building at least 600 new affordable units in the next 10 years.

This report will considered at regional council committee meeting next Tuesday. 


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