Ontario Construction News staff writer
Preliminary work and site preparation has begun on a new affordable housing build in Bradford West Gwillimbury, including fencing and the addition of excavation and construction materials to the site.
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has also approved the waiving of fees for the site plan, development engineering, and building permit applications. In addition, the Town has generously offered to contribute toward the cost of relocating the overland storm water flow route through the site.
The 50-unit mixed-use building will include affordable residences for eligible families and seniors, a County of Simcoe Social and Community Services office, and ground-level community space. In addition to creating an attractive streetscape to this central location within Bradford West Gwillimbury, the building will be accessible to adjacent pedestrian walkways and local transit and is within walking distance of the GO Transit station.
The four-storey building has been designed to complement the existing urban neighbourhood, with cost effectiveness and energy efficiency in mind. Exterior building features include a high-quality and durable panel system at the residential levels, with masonry features throughout to provide texture and visual interest.
Construction is expected to be completed by 2024.
The land at 125 Simcoe Rd. was donated for the project and is close to the town’s future civic plaza, downtown commercial amenities, elementary schools, ample green space parks, and the nearby GO Station. This building will have a high energy efficiency rating, incorporating passive house design elements to move more closely to a net zero design.