Developing More Affordable Homes in Huron

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The County of Huron is building homes to fill the needs of the “Missing Middle”

What is the Missing Middle?

Missing Middle housing refers to housing options in the middle of the housing spectrum. This range of housing options can include duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, rowhouses and similar forms of housing. In the past, County-owned housing has been primarily either apartment buildings or single detached dwellings.

Two New Triplexes Coming Soon to Bennett Street, Goderich

In an effort to address the Missing Middle locally, two new triplexes, which are currently under construction on Bennett Street East in Goderich, will offer six new one-bedroom units.

The new units in Goderich are being developed after a fire damaged a single-detached home on the property in 2020. This event provided an opportunity to redevelop the site at a higher density. The six new units are smaller in size than the previous single-detached home. These new units better align with the current need for housing, which is for more for single bedroom units, located in Goderich.

The Design

Designed by Allan Avis Architects of Goderich, the new triplexes feature a prominent front entrance to one unit, a side entrance to the second unit, and a rear entrance for the third. Being corner buildings, care was taken to incorporate a wrap-around porch, creating visual interest and providing a high-quality outdoor space for tenants. The ground floor units feature accessible entrances and enhanced accessibility features in the bathroom and kitchen.

This development is an example of ‘gentle density’ in that the design fits the scale of the established neighbourhood while providing multiple dwelling units. The County recently developed a Residential Intensification Guideline to help ensure new developments fit into existing neighbourhoods and these new triplexes adhere to those guidelines. By providing a variety of different types of dwelling units, the County of Huron can diversify the housing choices available in its inventory to better meet the diverse needs of the community.

Architect's Renderings

Learn more about County of Huron housing: www.HuronCounty.ca/housing

The County of Huron is building homes to fill the needs of the “Missing Middle”

What is the Missing Middle?

Missing Middle housing refers to housing options in the middle of the housing spectrum. This range of housing options can include duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, rowhouses and similar forms of housing. In the past, County-owned housing has been primarily either apartment buildings or single detached dwellings.

Two New Triplexes Coming Soon to Bennett Street, Goderich

In an effort to address the Missing Middle locally, two new triplexes, which are currently under construction on Bennett Street East in Goderich, will offer six new one-bedroom units.

The new units in Goderich are being developed after a fire damaged a single-detached home on the property in 2020. This event provided an opportunity to redevelop the site at a higher density. The six new units are smaller in size than the previous single-detached home. These new units better align with the current need for housing, which is for more for single bedroom units, located in Goderich.

The Design

Designed by Allan Avis Architects of Goderich, the new triplexes feature a prominent front entrance to one unit, a side entrance to the second unit, and a rear entrance for the third. Being corner buildings, care was taken to incorporate a wrap-around porch, creating visual interest and providing a high-quality outdoor space for tenants. The ground floor units feature accessible entrances and enhanced accessibility features in the bathroom and kitchen.

This development is an example of ‘gentle density’ in that the design fits the scale of the established neighbourhood while providing multiple dwelling units. The County recently developed a Residential Intensification Guideline to help ensure new developments fit into existing neighbourhoods and these new triplexes adhere to those guidelines. By providing a variety of different types of dwelling units, the County of Huron can diversify the housing choices available in its inventory to better meet the diverse needs of the community.

Architect's Renderings

Learn more about County of Huron housing: www.HuronCounty.ca/housing

Page last updated: 08 Nov 2022, 06:16 AM