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Environmental assessment under way at Disraeli housing site

Environmental assessment is planned fr Friday at the site for a new affordable housing project at the former Picton public utilities storage yard on Disraeli Street, Picton.

The work is to take place between 8:30 am and 4 p.m. with heavy equipment operated by ASC Environmental Inc. Several bore holes will be drilled at points across the property.

The work is required as part of the process to transfer the property to the Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation to develop 15-20 affordable housing units in support of Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte efforts to provide Indigenous youth affordable rental housing, many of which, council was told, work in Prince Edward County.

The $2 transfer fee also includes a letter of support to be used with grant funding applications for the new use of the property.

Located just off of Disraeli Street and across from an Ontario Hydro transformer station, the municipal land was owned and used by the former Picton Public Utilities Commission for storage of steel water pipe only. The land was transferred to the municipality on Oct. 31, 2000 for $2 when Ontario Hydro replaced the Picton Public Utilities Commission. It has been fenced off and without use since the transfer.

Charles Dowdall, executive director of the housing corporation, notes the letter of support will help the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte gain provincial and federal funding for the project to house youth on waiting lists. MBQ is also pursing senior housing funding opportunities on Tyendinaga Territory. Seniors form the largest portion of the MBQ housing wait list, with youth being the second largest portion in need.

The transfer of the property administrative and legal fees are estimated to be below $6,000 and are to be funded from the 2021 surplus property budget.

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