Kingston’s affordable housing supply grew by 29 units Tuesday with the official opening of a new apartment building on Brock Street.
The four-storey Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation (KFHC) building was constructed at 645 Brock St. on the site of the former St. Joseph/St. Mary Catholic School.
“I love it, so nice, so much room,” said tenant Tricia Jarvis, who was the first to move into the building in the first week of January, while other parts of the building were still under construction.
“Everybody is so nice here and the building is so nice. I’m glad I moved in.”
The building includes 29 bachelor and one-bedroom apartments.
“We talk about how important housing is for our city and the need for affordable hosing in particular. Here we have a newly constructed building that not only provides units but creates a standard of excellence,” Mayor Bryan Paterson said.
“This is really a vision of affordable housing in the 21st century here in Kingston.”
The new building includes 10 rent-geared-to-income apartments, 10 affordable units and nine market rent apartments, said Mary Lynn Cousins Brame, chief executive officer of KFHC.
“We have a mixed income community here,” she said.
There are four units that have been modified to make them fully accessible, she added.
“With this building, we worked with the community to develop something that would fit into the neighbourhood,” Brame said.
Because it was built close to Brock Street and on a small piece of land, only a portion of the former school property, the building has no balconies, providing instead a multipurpose room and patio on the top floor.
The building was constructed with funding from the city and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and low-interest loans were provided through Infrastructure Ontario.
“As we know in the city of Kingston, one-bedroom are the greatest need in this city. That’s why we have focused all our efforts on one-bedroom and bachelor apartments for single people living here,” Brame said.
The building is the fifth housing development KFHC has built since 2009. Those buildings have have been worth about $23 million, Brame said.