Committee Approves New Affordable Housing Units

A new, 145-unit residential building in east Windsor has taken another step forward.

The city's Development Standing Committee has approved a zoning change for the 10-storey building on Meadowbrook Ln. near Essex Way.

The development will consist mainly of one and two-bedroom, mixed income units.

Jim Steele, the Chief Executive of the Windsor-Essex Housing Corporation, can't be specific about a start date saying it's a slow process. 

"We've got a lot of partners involved," says Steele. "They're local with Community Living and Hiatus House, we've got the municipalities, the province of Ontario and the federal government so we're working through all of those pieces and it takes time.

Steele says the development will help to ease the list of 5,000 people waiting for affordable housing but there is much more to do.

"We're going to build new units, we're going to revitalize units, we're going to redevelop some of those properties," says Steele. "There's a lot of exciting work and we're got a lot of municipal partners and private sector that want to do some work with us. A lot of jobs get created."

Plans call for a a 10-storey building with 145 units and 130 parking spaces.

Nearby residents have expressed concerns about the size of the development but Steele says steps have been taken to resolve those concerns.

"Where there was the height, we're moved the building back. We could build a legal building and put it at the front and it would look bigger and it would have more of an impact. We're moved it to the back and we think that is a good piece," adds Steele.

The zoning change still needs final approval from Windsor city council.