Most of Indwell’s construction sites have been deemed essential.
In Simcoe, this means the work on the old Norfolk Inn building can continue.
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Graham Cubitt, Indwell’s director of projects and development, provided an update on the projects in a Facebook live session from his home office,
“We’ve had a lot of changes to our work at Indwell across our organization at Indwell as we all deal with this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cubitt. “We’ve been trying to figure out how to work safely and effectively.”
Indwell is a charity that creates affordable housing. They have homes in Hamilton, Woodstock, Simcoe, and London. They are currently transforming the old Norfolk Inn in downtown Simcoe into 32 affordable apartments. It is anticipated to be open in 2020 or 2021.
Cubitt said they are following all of the guidance from the province and the construction industry when it comes to people being on the worksite.
“We’ve been working away steadily,” Cubitt said regarding the Norfolk Inn remodeling. “The building hadn’t seen any work in many, many years.”
He said they’ve been spending time working on the interior but will soon begin more visible touch-ups including replacing the roof.
As a response to the pandemic, there is a more thorough sanitization of tools and machines between uses. Cubitt said this is making it a better construction site overall.
“The COVID crisis doesn’t take away the housing crisis that our communities are experiencing, it doesn’t take away the climate crisis that we’re experiencing,” said Cubitt. “It’s an interesting time to look to the future to see the solutions that are possible based on what we know now.”