Things are moving forward—and up—at Indwell’s reconstruction of the former Norfolk Inn.
“When the superstructure was fully revealed during stabilization work, we realized there was an opportunity to build a third storey and return this site to its former stature,” Graham Cubitt, Indwell’s director of projects and development, said in a news release.
“The roof had deteriorated too far to be repaired, so when it came off our contractor and engineers also discovered that the structure was more robust than anticipated. This makes it possible for us to add a floor of new apartments, and help meet the overwhelming need for affordable homes in downtown Simcoe.”
The addition of a third storey will result in 18 more apartments, bringing the total to 50 affordable units at the Dogwood Suites project.
“This is a huge blessing,” said Leah Logan, Indwell’s regional manager for Haldimand-Norfolk. “One of the issues that this pandemic has highlighted is the lack of safe, affordable housing—particularly accessible apartments where tenants can live well independently. This brings us that much closer to our vision of Hope and Homes for All here in Norfolk County.”
Adding an addition means increased costs as well.
While expecting federal and provincial funding, Indwell is also asking the community to support this undertaking with an online fundraiser with a goal of $1.5 million. More than $300,000 already has been donated.
The third-floor addition requires no new operating funds from Norfolk County.
To help fund this project, visit indwell.ca/donate, and indicate your support for Dogwood Suites.