“We don’t need any more strip malls. We need af­ford­able hous­ing.”

The Woolwich Observer - - COMMENT -

To the Ed­i­tor, WHILE IN ELMIRA RE­CENTLY, I was very dis­ap­pointed to see the sign say­ing “sold” on the piece of large land at the cor­ner of Barn­swal­low Drive and Church Street across from Gale Pres­by­te­rian Church say­ing plaza com­ing soon. Se­ri­ously? We don’t need any more strip malls. We need af­ford­able hous­ing.

Re­cently, some­body that I know ap­plied to rent a home in Elmira. When this per­son and I spoke af­ter they went to view the home, it was men­tioned that in the two days that show­ings took place, there were dozens and dozens of in­ter­ested par­ties that had gone through the home. I only men­tion this be­cause this re­in­forces the fact that Elmira’s in des­per­ate need and when/if a build­ing is built, it would, with­out a doubt in my mind, be filled up in no time. It would be even bet­ter if the build­ing was ac­ces­si­ble to all types of peo­ple.

It’s way over­due that coun­cil and all builders work to­gether and stop putting blame on each other for the lack of af­ford­able homes and/or apart­ment build­ings be­ing built. I feel so bad for the peo­ple in town who strug­gle to find af­ford­able hous­ing.

I hope some­body who’s in­volved in mak­ing these de­ci­sions will step up and take the reins re­quired to make this hap­pen sooner than later as our pop­u­la­tion ages and gets big­ger.

Fur­ther­more, it may be eye catch­ing to some­body in the city look­ing to move to a smaller, qui­eter town and with the added bonus of mul­ti­ple GRT stops in town, I truly feel it’s a win­win sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­body in­volved.


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