Partnerships make Pinegrove Place possible
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 13, 2017
Marc Shroetter can breathe a sigh of relief now that he has found a place to call home.
Before moving into Pinegrove Place, Minden’s latest affordable housing project, he was couch surfing for four years. Now he has a view and is surrounded by nature.
“I was one of many of us here who have been stressed out, looking for places to live that are healthy,” said Shroetter during the official opening of the apartment building on July 7.
“This is something a lot of us are needing, especially as we get older we find our incomes are progressively getting lower and lower but prices are going up.”
Located at 57 Parkside St., Pinegrove Place is a one-storey building with 12 onebedroom units for seniors and those with physical disabilities. Each unit is about 600 sq. ft. and the entire building is 9,500 sq. ft.
The $1.7-million project was made possible with federal and provincial funding, a $100,000 contribution from the County of Haliburton, another $100,000 from the Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Housing Corporation and seed funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The Township of Minden Hills donated the land and offered a lower property tax rate.
Construction began at the end of July 2016 and was finished in April. Tenants moved in immediately after.
Two units are market value at $1,000 per month while the remaining 10 are geared toward income. Two units are modified to accommodate tenants with disabilities. All
Pinegrove is the result of partnerships, said Eleanor Harrison, chair of the housing corporation’s board of directors.
Brent Devolin, warden of Haliburton County and reeve of Minden Hills, called it a “very happy, joyous day.”
“After at least 20 years of not seeing much of this development in the community I live in, it’s good to see us back in the housing business,” said Devolin.
Both MP Jamie Schmale and MPP Laurie Scott were in attendance to congratulate those involved and touch on the importance of affordable housing.
“The need for housing—maybe you don’t see it as much in rural Ontario—is very much there,” said Scott. “We all need to work together as we are today.”
A second phase is planned next door to the building. It will be a three-storey building comprised of 18-22 one to three bedroom units. However, it’s unknown when that will begin because funding isn’t available at this time, said Hope Lee, housing corporation CEO.
A few years ago, the housing corporation led the charge on Haliburton’s Whispering Pines project. Other projects are in Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Omemee and Bobcaygeon.
There is currently a five-year wait-list for housing. To apply, visit city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/housinghelp.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.