Forum Provides Insight for Brantford’s Affordable Housing Solution

 

Modular, movable units and the latest Habitat for Humanity build were key topics of presentation at Brantford and Brant County’s 10th Annual Housing Forum. Local dignitaries, members of local organizations and housing representatives from the City of Brantford and County of Brant were in attendance Wednesday at Townplace Suites in Brantford, for the session of information and ideas.

The forum provided an opportunity for both local and national groups and organizations to share knowledge and projects in support of affordable and safe housing in communities. Director of Housing Services for the City of Brantford and County of Brant, Adam Sweedland, says it was important to hear some of the success stories happening across the country.

“We are looking at all immerging building techniques that are happening. I talked about all the products that are starting to come out around modular housing and we’ve seen some really promising applications of that out west. The Athlete’s Village for the Olympics (2010) was a modular building that still exists today. It’s high quality housing that meets building requirements.”

Adam Sweedland, Director of Housing Services, City of Brantford and County of Brant

Conceptual drawings of modular, moveable units currently used in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The Vancouver Affordable Agency’s project downtown Vancouver were able to put 40 units, I believe, that could be moved five years later to a new site to allow for permanent development on that site. There’s lots of technologies that are immerging. We want to see how they can be applied here in Ontario and more specifically here in the Brantford and Brant context.”

Adam Sweedland, Director of Housing Services, City of Brantford and County of Brant

Brant-Norfolk Habitat for Humanity also presented their plan for their $19 million multi residential project, which was approved by Brantford City Council this week. The three phase project is expected to take approximately 36 months to complete. The organization’s plan is to construct 56 townhouse units in seven buildings at 200 Brantwood Park Road. 24 of those units will be owned by families who qualify under the Habitat for Humanity program.

Conceptual drawing of Brant-Norfolk Habitat for Humanity multi-unit project at 200 Brantwood Park Road slated to begin in the spring of 2020.

“We’re looking at a medium density situation in this case. Increasing from a one unit build to multiple unit builds. In this particular build we have eight properties in one building. It’s kinda unique for us – new and very exciting.”

Dan Brooks, CEO, Brant-Norfolk Habitat for Humanity

Brooks adds, he is pleased the city is behind the project, and they expect shovels will be in the ground this spring.