November 10, 2022 10:15
Two triplex apartments are currently under construction on Bennett Street in Goderich to help address intermediate housing needs in the town and county.
County Warden Glen McNeil explained that “missing middle” housing refers to housing options in the middle of the housing spectrum. This range of housing options can include duplexes, triples, quads, terraces and similar housing forms. A 2020 fire destroyed a detached house on the property, McNeill said.
“So, we took the opportunity to build two three-story buildings that could meet our current and future needs,” McNeill said. “So this is the construction phase on Bennett Street in Goderich.”
According to McNeil, the six new one-bedroom units are smaller than the previous one-bedroom detached homes. That means the units are more in line with Goderidge’s current demand for housing, which is more of a one-bedroom unit.
McNeil also noted that people are recognizing the need for housing in Huron County, and given the current crisis, some changes must be made.
“We need to do things differently than we have in the past, and Huron County is addressing that,” he said. “We realised we needed more housing and we are offering two triplex apartments in Goderich on Bennette Street to meet the medium housing demand.”
At its county council meeting on Wednesday, November 9, the council approved a change to the official plan that would allow apartments to be built on part of Goderich’s former Victorian Public School property. For more information on housing in Huron County, visit www.HuronCounty.ca/housing.