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County of Simcoe and Bradford West Gwillimbury announce upcoming pedestrian and vehicular impacts for new affordable housing build


Midhurst/May 2, 2023 – The County of Simcoe and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury would like to advise the public about upcoming pedestrian and vehicular impacts due to construction of the new affordable housing project in Bradford. The upcoming site works will cause pedestrian and vehicular impacts starting May 8, 2023, and are expected to last approximately three weeks.

Pedestrian impacts
Lane Closure_May 2023.pngPedestrian impacts will include the closure of the west sidewalk on Simcoe Road from Marshview Boulevard to Edward Street. Pedestrians are advised to use the east sidewalk during this time. Directional signage will also be erected in the affected area, directing pedestrians to the proper route.

Vehicular impacts
Vehicular impacts are also expected due to the excavation and drilling for water main connection work on Simcoe Road. The west lane of Simcoe Road, from Marshview Boulevard to Edward Street, will also be closed during this time. Motorists travelling in the area should expect some delays during this phase of the project.​

Update on work completed to date
Excavation and site work has been ongoing, with the following work completed since February 2023:

  • Fill excavation and removal
  • Drainage channel realignment and temporary sediment control measures implementation
  • Retaining wall installation, and associated backfill
  • Storm drain underground pipe and manholes installation at parking lot area
  • Engineered fill placement and compaction at parking lot, and North/South end of building areas
  • Commencement of excavation at building footprint area
About the Bradford West Gwillimbury Affordable Housing Hub
This affordable building with modern amenities is expected to welcome new tenants upon its completion as early as 2024. As part of the County of Simcoe's 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy, this new building will add 50 new affordable housing units to the region.

The mixed-use building will include affordable residences for eligible families and seniors, a County of Simcoe Social and Community Services office, and ground-level community space. In addition to creating an attractive streetscape to this central location within Bradford West Gwillimbury, the building will be accessible to adjacent pedestrian walkways and local transit, and is within walking distance of the GO Transit station.

The four-storey building has been designed to complement the existing urban neighbourhood, with cost effectiveness and energy efficiency in mind. Exterior building features include a high-quality and durable panel system at the residential levels, with masonry features throughout to provide texture and visual interest. More information on this project can be found at simcoe.ca/bwg-development.

Application Process and Inquiries
The application process to live in this new building is expected to open approximately six months prior to building occupancy being finalized. Interested residents may request updates and information on the application process for this building by e-mailing BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca. Direct requests for housing application(s) may be directed to cwl@simcoe.ca. 

About Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy
Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy is #BuildingUp our communities by setting real targets and goals to create more affordable housing within communities across Simcoe County. The County's strategy continues to build up support for residents by maximizing funding, achieving targets, and working with area partners to create affordable housing units for residents across the County. Targets were established in 2014, and the County continues to adapt to meet growing needs, including initial collaboration to establish our next long-term strategy. More information can be found at simcoe.ca/ourahhps. ​

About the County of Simcoe
The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Media Contacts:
​Collin Matanowitsch
Public Relations Manager
705-734-8386 (mobile)

Andrea Walasek
Public Relations Consultant
249-535-3511 (mobile)