Developer proposes HSAD student housing
|By Joseph Quigley - Staff Writer | Nov. 28, 2018|
Dysart et al council is backing a proposal to create a lot which would be used for student housing near the Haliburton School of Art and Design.
Land use consultant Greg Bishop presented the proposal to Dysart et al council during its Nov. 27 meeting. Bishop requested a portion of land along College Drive be severed from the surrounding parcel to create a new lot for the student housing development.
Bishop said he has had positive discussions with the college about the concept and he wants to see it happen for the good of the county.
“I’m passionate about this, not for me, I’m passionate about this for the county,” Bishop said. “I really want this and it needs to be in a location that’s close to the college.”
The proposed lot for the housing is right on College Drive, across from Sanford Court. Bishop said he is looking to have 80 units there, adding the development could help accommodate a greater number of students attending the school.
“There is no housing for students,” Bishop said. “The more students, the more revenue, the more helpful it’s going to be.”
He added summer rentals at the development, rather than students using it during the school year, would be what makes the development viable.
Fleming College had not responded as of press time Wednesday.
Deputy mayor Andrea Roberts said the project is exciting and needed a push from someone like Bishop.
“This could have only happened, or even this idea, from a home-grown boy like yourself who sees the need,” Roberts said to Bishop. “I commend you for taking this project on, however it comes to fruition.”
“That’s a perfect location,” Mayor Murray Fearrey said at the start of Bishop’s presentation. “And we shouldn’t have any trouble getting your approvals there.”
Bishop said there are more details to work out in the project. He said he would like to explore extending the sewer system from the college to the housing development.
He also indicated in a letter to the municipality that he had received funding from the Haliburton County Development Corporation for an environmental engineering firm to explore that sewer extension.
But there is more work to be done and it could take years before construction gets underway, Bishop said.
"This is just a work in progress at this point, but we need to start the process,” he said.