Sparks St. Seniors Housing Project - Opportunity for All

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The City of Greater Sudbury purchased the property at 1310 Sparks Street and will build a small community housing building for residents on the Social Housing Waitlist. It will host up to 14 affordable housing units, which will include space community support providers. The building will be energy efficient, requiring little energy for space heating and cooling.

The City will ensure all residents in the catchment area have an opportunity to understand the project, provide feedback and participate in the design aspects. The City will engage in community consultation in the winter and spring of 2021 to gain input into the development of a design for the property. The engagement used will ensure physical distancing directives are maintained. Efforts will be made to notify residents of the consultation efforts so that all residents may participate.

The City of Greater Sudbury’s 2019-2027 Corporate Strategic Plan includes revitalization and improvement of existing housing stock. The housing goal reflects Council’s desire for all citizens, especially vulnerable populations, to have access to safe, affordable, attainable and suitable housing options in the City of Greater Sudbury.

UPDATE: The community was invited to participate in a third virtual public consultation session, June 18, 2021. This was an opportunity to conclude the conversation and validate the design work done to date.

To view the recorded session, click on the link below:

Engagement Session

The City of Greater Sudbury purchased the property at 1310 Sparks Street and will build a small community housing building for residents on the Social Housing Waitlist. It will host up to 14 affordable housing units, which will include space community support providers. The building will be energy efficient, requiring little energy for space heating and cooling.

The City will ensure all residents in the catchment area have an opportunity to understand the project, provide feedback and participate in the design aspects. The City will engage in community consultation in the winter and spring of 2021 to gain input into the development of a design for the property. The engagement used will ensure physical distancing directives are maintained. Efforts will be made to notify residents of the consultation efforts so that all residents may participate.

The City of Greater Sudbury’s 2019-2027 Corporate Strategic Plan includes revitalization and improvement of existing housing stock. The housing goal reflects Council’s desire for all citizens, especially vulnerable populations, to have access to safe, affordable, attainable and suitable housing options in the City of Greater Sudbury.

UPDATE: The community was invited to participate in a third virtual public consultation session, June 18, 2021. This was an opportunity to conclude the conversation and validate the design work done to date.

To view the recorded session, click on the link below:

Engagement Session

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Still receiving correspondence with no mention of the “Senior’s designation” for this project. Consistency going forward referring to this project as “designated for Senior’s” would go a long way in building confidence that our neighbourhood’s voices have indeed been heard.

payingattention about 16 hours ago

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PovertyStinks 3 months ago

I recommend the need of a mud room within the unit entry for wheel chair, walker or personal shopping cart instead of having these kind of items in the way of the hallway entry.

Accessible washer dryers is a must.

Accessible Triple Loaders of a washer and dryer on larger items is a must.

For a place of 18 units I recommend either all units had there own washer, dryer, dishwasher with 2 kitchen sinks; or just dishwasher with 2 sinks, but with washer dryer on site with one tripple loader of washer 7.50$ Then 0.25$ per 6 minutes at 225f or 8 minutes 176f; and 2 washer dryer regular size accessible 2.50$ Each averaged out (3$ hot water large is let’s say higher end cost) using a tap card instead of trying to come up with coins. Regarding dishwasher: we can offer tenants to opt in or opt out of a dishwasher spot in the unit, if the opt out, that spot that was suppose to have a dishwasher can be used for tenant’s recycling / garbage / compost bins instead of having a recycling / garbage / compost bin beneath the kitchen sink.

Also have on site a community room with community kitchen. And if you can or don’t mind even do Wifi provided with a password required.

Also have on site a laundromat just for bed bugs, if ever it does happen to tenants. We are after all in the top ten of infested cities unfortunately. :(

Washroom needs to be near the entrance or before the bedroom.

I recommend all units to have central air availability and then factor that into the rent averaged out. 30% of the tenants income plus a 100-250$ Air conditioner fee. Try to average the AC fee to being paid year round every month added to their 30% geared to income, central AC is way more easier for seniors to handle having AC available.

The city did the right thing in making this the place for seniors. People Living With Addiction or the homeless need to live within walking distance to the downtown core, where all the services they need is available right there in downtown core.

PovertyStinks 3 months ago

I HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED TO BARB DUBOIS THAT NOW 12 OF US NEARBY RESIDENTS WOULD SUPPORT THE PROJECT FOR SENIORS ONLY. THIS IS A SENIORS NEIGHBOURHOOD. THERE WAS AN EARLIER COMMENT THAT THE 40 KM SPEED LIMIT SHOULD BE REMOVED AND THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR ANY SPEED LIMIT- WHAT A RETROGADE AND SELF SERVING SUGGESTION! WE SENIORS HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME NAVIGATING THE OFTEN SLIPPERY AND SNOW COVERED SIDEWALKS AND STREET CROSSING ETC.

john brady 9 months ago

thank you and please let the city planners that this type of building is available and current

Paula Worton 10 months ago

I live near this proposed development and will drive by it frequently. I don't want to see a building more than 2 stories tall. The driveway and greenspace should be opposite of the RCMP configuration. The driveway should front onto Spark street and not Holland street with green space on the east side along Holland street which has a sidewalk.

I would also like to see the small retaining wall with rusty handrails removed from the southeast corner of the property, replaced with primarily greenspace level with the street.

Additionally the school has been demolished remove the 40 km/hr signs on Holland, there should be no posted speed limit signs on Holland.

New Sudbury 10 months ago

This is a helpful initiative in my view. I hope that other available land throughout our regional municipality will be identified and developed for affordable and social housing.

Jennifer Cawley Caruso 10 months ago

Hello, please provide me with correct info. "There is a need for 1 bedroom units and seniors are about 40 percent pf the one bedroom demand. We are going to listen to public input and design the units to that target". May I ask who and how many of the other 60% will be housed in this new facility. When will the citizen directly living near this building will be notified? Will the entire city have an input irrgardless of their address or will this be closed to just the citizen of this area (and not media)?

Sparkstreet 10 months ago

From FAQ (see attached)
What is being proposed for the property at 1310 Sparks Street?
The Federal government sold the former RCMP building at 1310 Sparks Street to the City of Greater Sudbury. The City intends to develop new community housing which will include space for community support services and programs, with older adults in mind.
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Is the mention of “with older adults in mind” in regard to the housing, the services & programs or both ?

payingattention 10 months ago

What New Sudbury really needs is a facility similar to downtown’s Parkside Centre. Has there been any discussion trying to fit in something similar within the framework of this project? Our neighbourhood has a large number of seniors that would be well served by such a facility.

payingattention 10 months ago

Why no mention of this website on the pamphlet that was distributed in our neighbourhood?

payingattention 10 months ago
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