What is the Eric Street Affordable Home Ownership Project?

This is a project supported by the City's Affordable Housing Strategy which makes use of infill (land) and works with community partners to improve access to quality affordable home ownership.

What will happen to the community garden if this project proceeds?

The Community Garden is integral to the neighbourhood. Should the project proceed the City will contribute $2,500 toward the cost of materials to revitalize the garden. City staff would also support the garden members in their efforts to apply for additional funding opportunities to enhance the Eric Street Community Garden. Maintaining community garden spaces to allow people to grow their own food is an important part of the continued growth and redevelopment of our community.

What is Habitat for Humanity's role in the project?

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that works to make affordable home ownership possible. They would lead the project, build the house, and select the home owners through their process. More information about Habitat for Humanity can be found on their website.

Will the open space be lost if this project goes ahead?

The intent is for the garden to be incorporated into the project, while retaining open space zoning for public use.

What are the next steps in this project?

The City is planning a meeting with the neighbourhood for Oct. 16 to discuss the project. After that, Habitat for Humanity would need to make a development application to the city. The application process would require public meetings to seek feedback on the proposal before a final recommendation is made to Council.