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Rose Street Social and Community Services and Affordable Housing Development Project

​***draft recommendation pending County Council review and approval *** 

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About the Rose Street project in Barrie​

The conceptual site plan for the development in Barrie, as shown above, illustrates the conceptual layout to accommodate a 150-unit building with a mix of one, two, and three bedroom units. 

The purpose of the conceptual site plan and building elevations is to illustrate the site's potential and capacity and does not predetermine the details of construction materials and final design. It should also be noted that the full landscape plan has not been determined in this initial phase. The full detailed and comprehensive landscape plan will be developed as part of the formal design process. 

In the site plan pictured, the building is proposed to be designed as two wings; eight and ten storeys respectively. The building also contains ground floor and second floor commercial space for a County Social and Community Services office including Ontario Works, Children Services, and Housing offices. This co-location builds on both the financial advantages as well as a client-centred approach, which has demonstrated success in the Collingwood development project, as well as being planned as a best practice in both the Orillia and Bradford West Gwillimbury developments. The ground floor commercial space may contain other agencies such as licensed child care or other compatible social service providers, pending further design details and discussions with community partners. 

The completion of planning approvals takes time and it is fiscally prudent to ensure land use permissions are in place prior to completing detailed design. Pre-development planning approvals, including preliminary and schematic design, will enable a shovel ready development site and inform construction cost estimates for this project.

The 1.9-hectare (4.7 acre) site is in a central location in the built-up urban setting with access to commercial amenities, schools, transit and pedestrian connectivity. It is anticipated that a combination of outdoor parking and an above ground parking structure will be required to accommodate parking requirements for the site. 

Note: Based on the preliminary review of the City of Barrie's Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw, the property is designated and zoned 'Institutional'. Land use approvals may be required to permit a mixed-use residential building on this site. 

Strategic Alignment  

The proposed development is in alignment with the County of Simcoe 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy. This project will achieve a significant portion of the affordable housing area targets identified in the 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy, as well as the City of Barrie's Affordable Housing Strategy, which cites the need to encourage, stimulate and increase the supply and range of affordable housing options to meet the needs of residents, at all income levels and stages of life.

Well-designed housing provides safety, health and affordability. It further represents an investment in our community and sense of place. Affordable housing created through the proposed development will increase the opportunity for low-to-moderate income households, as well as some specific vulnerable individuals, to access housing with dignity.

Rose Street Project Quick Facts:

  • The demolition of existing aged structures will occur by the end of 2021 to ensure safety of the community while reducing maintenance costs for an empty building
  • County staff will initiate the pre-development planning approvals process in 2022, as contained in the draft 2022 County budget
  • If approved by Council, this will enable full design to be completed in 2023
  • If all schematic design and costing is approved by Council in late 2022 or early 2023, this will enable an anticipated construction start in the spring of 2024

For answers to frequently asked questions, view our FAQ

Contact Information

If you have any further questions in regards to the Rose Street Social and Community Services and Affordable Housi​ng Development Project​, please contact us at SCHCBarrieDev@simcoe.ca​.​

Updates ​

October 26, 2021

County of Simcoe Committee of the Whole received report (Item CCW 2021-325) pertaining to the Rose Street Development

June 22, 2021

20 Rose Street, Barrie, purchased from Infrastructure Ontario as directed by County Council with the intention to demolish existing aged structures

October 10, 2017

Staff sought land opportunities in Barrie to consolidate operations in parallel with sale of scattered units. The land at 20 Rose Street was identified to be of adequate size to accommodate development including a mix of Affordable and Social Housing, Ontario Works, Children Services, and potentially other social and community supportive uses. Additionally, the site was deemed to be in close proximity to public transit and within reasonable walking distance to downtown services and commercial shopping.​​