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County Council endorses plan to create 176 new affordable rentals in the City of Barrie

Midhurst/April 26, 2023 – County Council voted yesterday to endorse the plan to create a 176-unit mixed-use building at the County’s Rose Street location. With this $186-million commitment, this building will be home to 176 deserving families, seniors, and individuals. It will house a variety of community services including an Ontario Works office, community programming, and other amenities (such as a possible daycare space, medical offices, and more).

“County Council once again demonstrated our commitment to building up our communities and investing in long-term, sustainable solutions,” said Warden Basil Clarke. “Our Social and Community Services staff came to us with an incredible proposal that isn’t just a building – it offers greater hope and stability for future residents. At $186 million, this is a significant investment by the County. Council wants to ensure that we’re making the biggest impact possible as we forge ahead and use this build as a foundation for our next 10-year regional housing strategy.”

Rendering Rose St.

This development will include diverse or mixed housing types, including rent-geared-to income, affordable housing, and units for the “missing middle”, in addition to space for social, health and community partners. The 1.9-hectare (4.7 acre) site is in a central location in the built-up urban setting with access to commercial amenities, schools, transit and pedestrian connectivity. Community consultation will occur as the process continues.

The County incorporates well-designed housing that is built to last while providing safety, health and affordability to tenants. Affordable housing created through the Rose Street development will allow low to moderate income households, and will provide homes for single individuals, families and seniors in need.

Rendering Rose St. playground

With this approval by County Council to proceed, the County expects that site preparation will begin in early 2024, with an estimated completion date in 2026-2027* (*subject to change). Recognizing the unique opportunity at the Rose Street site in Barrie, Council also asked staff to report back on further options to maximize the site for additional units. Staff will report back to Council with options and recommendations in the coming months, as the approved projects begins. 

This is just one more way that the County is #BuildingUp our communities. For updates on the Rose Street location and additional renderings, visit <<< Add Link to {Page Name}>>>

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