People come first
As I left the One River public input meeting on Oct. 3, a great team of London planners and smiling consultants confirmed they were going to council with an environment assessment report that will be asking for about $31 million river improvements, of which only $4 million is earmarked for decommissioning the Springbank dam. Available funding is pegged at about $3.7 million with the legal settlement from the broken dam.
All four main candidates for mayor have offered positive support for improving social housing funding through private-public partnerships and I can’t think of a better place to reallocate planned future spending for this than the One River Project, which was Matt Brown’s initiative.
London Middlesex Housing Corp. has a backlog of $228 million in social housing reset commitments, is about 3,000 units short of demand and has less than a $3 million in annual capital spending budget. Chris Butler London