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?

    On October 28, 2019, Habitat for Humanity submitted a rezoning application. However, some revisions were required. Staff recently received a revised site plan from Habitat for Humanity which is being evaluated. Following staff review, the application will be brought forward to Council for direction on the proposed rezoning. Should the rezoning application move forward, public consultation will be held.

    Are there problems with sewage on this land?

    Concerns from the neighbourhood were recently raised to the City that there is sewage leaking on the property. To the best of our knowledge, there is no sanitary sewer leaking underground at the property.

    The City excavated some soil in the area (test pits) and tested the water in the area of the community garden. It tested positive for chlorine, which indicates that there is a possible watermain leak in the area. Staff will repair the watermain leak and investigate to ensure this, and any other possible leaks, are repaired.

    During the excavation the City damaged the sanitary sewer lateral for #301 Hamilton Avenue. Staff replaced a longer section of pipe rather than just the damaged section as there were some cracks in the existing pipe.  There is no evidence that the sewer pipe is leaking into the ground.