Construction workers. Aug. 4, 2017. (Photo by bridgesward from pixabay)Construction workers. Aug. 4, 2017. (Photo by bridgesward from pixabay)

CK's growing population means more construction

More housing is on the horizon for Chatham-Kent as the municipality battles a housing crisis brought on by increased demand for affordable homes.

Councillors will be discussing four projects at their planning meeting Monday evening.

The first proposed project is a 20 unit, three-storey apartment building on King Street near Adelaide Street South in downtown Chatham.

The vacant land still needs a zoning change to allow the development. The proposal includes 19 parking spaces.

"Given the surrounding high-density residential developments in the area at 74 King Street East and 113 King Street West, the proposed 20 unit apartment dwelling on the subject lands will maintain the character and scale of the surrounding neighbourhood, while providing opportunity for residential infill and intensification," read a report going before the planning committee.

The second proposal is a six unit, two-storey apartment building on Harvey Street near Lacroix Street in Chatham.

The land currently sits empty and needs to be rezoned to allow the construction.

"The proposal will increase the total number of available residential units in a primary urban centre and supports the municipality's intensification targets and considerations," said municipal staff.

The third development is a six unit multiple dwelling on Lanz Boulevard near Jennifer Street in Blenheim.

The subject land in Blenheim still needs to be rezoned before the developer can expand the subdivision.

"The proposed multiple dwelling development is keeping with the orderly development of the overall subdivision. The built form will be similar in size to the existing Row House Dwellings," administration wrote in their report.

The fourth task is to rezone the land at 594 Murray Street in Wallaceburg to build a six unit row house dwelling near Reaume Avenue.

The developer intends to have a two-storey structure with each unit containing an attached garage and one additional parking space.

The land is vacant and the zoning must be amended to let the development to move forward.

"The subject parcel is part of an established neighbourhood within the Wallaceburg urban boundary. The proposal promotes residential infill and intensification, and demonstrates efficient use of land and municipal resources. Moreover, the proposal will increase the amount of available residential units to support the growing population of Chatham-Kent," said administration.

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