Supportive housing project taking shape in Barrie



Ontario Construction News staff writer

Construction has started on a12-unit, multi-million-dollar supportive housing facility in north Barrie, on land shared by the Salvation Army Citadel.

Officials with Redwood Park Communities and the Salvation Army gathered at the Lillian Crescent site recently to celebrate the launch of construction for the project, which will include a 12-unit short-term supportive housing facility for families in crisis.

“We are so happy to see this building becoming a reality through the generosity of our community and this support from The Salvation Army,” Tim Kent, co-founder and CEO of Redwood Park Communities said. “This is just the type of collaborative effort needed to address the housing crisis that is leaving so many of our neighbours vulnerable.”

Piers are already in place to support the ground floor slab and remaining foundation. The 14,000-square-foot development is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

Construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2023.

“Things are happening here now. A good portion of the site services have been done for drainage and water supply, and hydro and gas will be done later as the building is further along,” said Redwood Park communications director Jennifer van Gennip.

“Tender packages are out… and some bids have already been received and will be reviewed shortly. Over the next couple of weeks, this should start to look like a building. If things go relatively smoothly… this time next year we will be welcoming our first residents.”

Over $2.4 million has been raised by the community and $700,000 is still needed.

The  Salvation Army Ontario Division is contributing $500,000 to help build housing, in addition to donating land.

“Our primary goal through this endeavour with Redwood Park Communities is to get individuals and families housed long-term, and we believe this project is foundational in achieving those desired outcomes,” Critch added.

In a statement provided to the media, Kent also said he was happy with the progress being made.

“This is just the type of collaborative effort needed to address the housing crisis that is leaving so many of our neighbours vulnerable,” he said. “Like any housing project, it is really about people, and the positive impact of having a safe, affordable, hopeful place to call home — not just on the people who will live here but also for their families for generations to come.”