BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody is gratified by the response to the availability of serviced land in the municipality.
“We’ve had multiple offers on a piece of serviced land (in the East Ridge Business Park),” he said, noting it’s not like a house, where only one gets the property. Efforts are made to accommodate everyone.
“It’s good news to have that demand,” he said.
Council has approved the first two phases of the business park expansion. While the third phase comes with a huge price tag for the proposed sewage pumping station, nothing has to be done about it at this point. In the meantime, additional properties will be sold.
“By spring, land off County Road 19 will be ready,” Peabody said, adding that the land there is relatively easy to service.
The mayor continues to express concern over the housing crisis in the area. He noted that the municipality has land in the industrial park, and it’s his personal opinion (not necessarily that of council) that the land should be used to construct affordable rental housing units.
Walkability is an issue in some of the properties being developed for residential use in Brockton, including Walker West, although Peabody noted the four-acre section next to Rotary Park is on walking trails and within easy walking distance of downtown. The Old Durham Road development will be walkable, he said.
In reference to COVID-19, the mayor is concerned about the fourth wave – the spike of infections that’s happening in the area right now. He’s watching the numbers carefully, noting the return to school is only about 40 days away.
“We’ll see where the trends go,” he said.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times