Harvey Woods Lofts Expansion

The Harvey Woods Lofts in Woodstock are going to add another 26 affordable housing units thanks to funding from the Provincial and Federal Government.

WOODSTOCK - The Harvey Woods Lofts in Woodstock are going to add another 26 affordable housing units thanks to funding from the Provincial and Federal Government.

Both governments are providing $3.8 million dollars to allow Indwell to build the new homes at the knitting mill and surrounding land adjacent to the new Harvey Woods Lofts. The Government of Canada provided $1.9 million through the Small Communities Fund and the Province matched those funds, with Indwell responsible for the rest of the funding for the project. Local MP Dave Mackenzie was on hand this morning for the fundraising announcement tells Heart FM this will serve a need in the community. "I think its a real asset for the community, it is needed, as you know the first structure is already over subscribed so this will provide additional needed housing for the community."

The mill and land had been sitting vacant for a long time and was at the risk of becoming derelict. Construction on the new apartment units will hopefully begin within the next couple of weeks.

Already Indwell has build 54 affordable housing apartments which are ready to go and residents should be moving in shortly. Executive Director of Indwell Jeff Nevell explains the hold up. "We have made our final application for the filing of the record of site condition which is the final step, in receiving the approvals, we are very hopeful that the Ministry of Environment will have this approved by the end of next week, however they do have the legal right to stretch it out for another month or two."

Nevell says they are patiently waiting for the apartments to open up and the residents need the homes. They had a BBQ last week for the residents who are scheduled to move in on September 1st and discovered one of the potential residents is living in the garbage shed behind the building.

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