Brockville eyes former administrative building as site for supportive, transitional housing

The former water pollution control centre administrative building is currently used as a dormitory. – Photo via Fulford Academy

Brockville’s mayor Matt Wren and city council have proposed a site on County Road 2 that is currently used as a residence by Fulford Academy as a potential site for supportive and transitional housing.

During the Jan. 23 council meeting, staff was directed to engage in discussions with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville about a partnership approach, offering the use of a previously identified site—the city’s former Water Pollution Control Centre administrative building on County Road 2 at the eastern city limits.

In this proposed partnership, the United Counties, responsible for housing in the region, will determine the most suitable strategy to address the local housing crisis. A feasibility study, conducted in collaboration with Indwell, is underway to evaluate potential sites for supportive housing, including the aforementioned location.

The city is hopeful that critical funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health can be secured with the support of MPP Clark and MP Barrett. This funding is crucial for maximizing the effectiveness of supportive housing initiatives.

Mayor Wren and council expressed gratitude to the current tenant of the building, Fulford Academy, for understanding council’s commitment to re-purpose the property for individuals facing challenges.

“We wish the Academy well as they transition back to their campus at the conclusion of the term of their lease later this year,” says a media release from the City of Brockville.

The city also acknowledges the cooperation of partner municipalities, including the United Counties of Leeds Grenville, and the Towns of Prescott and Gananoque, expressing appreciation for their ongoing collaboration in the collective effort to support those most in need within the community.

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