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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

City to Donate Land to Habitat

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

The land will be used to build homes for low-income families.

The City of Orillia will be donating land for low-income housing.

A decision at Monday's Council Committee meeting would see the properties on 75 Victoria Street and 499 Bay Street be donated to Habitat for Humanity, Ontario Gateway North to build three housing units.
 
Habitat CEO David Morris says they would have been happy if they got approval for just one of the two properties.
 
He says it is excellent to see the support around the Council table.
 
Morris says they hope to start construction of a semi-detached home on Bay Street this year and a single-detached home on Victoria Street next year.
 
He says it is a matter of capacity and how many construction projects can the City of Orillia handle at once.
 
Morris says they have not found families for these homes adding they want to find the right match.
 
He says there are 7 to 10 applicants for every home they plan to build.
 
The decision will go to Council next Monday for ratification.

 
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