Barrie City Hall approving next phase of exploring affordable housing at old fire hall site

City Hall green lights second phase of environmental assessment

Barrie City Hall has given the initial go-ahead to the next phase of a project that could see more affordable housing built.

City Council voted to allow the phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment and Geotechnical Review to go ahead on a city-owned parcel of land at the corner of Vespra and Victoria Streets, the site of an old Barrie Fire hall. The examination is one of many steps required to assess the site’s suitability before construction could begin on any housing projects.

Meanwhile, city council has agreed to begin consulting with social and non-profit housing providers, including the County of Simcoe, to get input on the creation of affordable housing on the site. The consultation is expected to help determine the greatest needs in the city, the funding, grants, and governmental assistance that could be available, and the best way to bring the property to market.

It is hoped the city will be able to find a way to dispose of the subject property to a housing provider that could create suitable affordable housing at the site. The property has an estimated market value of $1,500,000.

On the site once stood Barrie Fire Station 1; built in 1964, the fire hall was in operation until 2011 and torn down two years later.