Exceeds expectation – new housing starts

By Joel Charron

If you build it, they will come.

That’s what Amherstburg is banking on.

Over the past two years there has been an influx of new homes being built in the Amherstburg area.

In 2009, 25 single dwellings were built in Amherstburg. That number more than doubled to 61 in 2010. While no new apartments were built in 2009, 36 new apartments were constructed in 2010.

The head of the town’s building department, Stephen Brown said there are a number of reason why new homes are on the uprise.

“The town offers a Development Charged Program,” he said. “The development charges are delayed until the house closes.’

Brown says this is a big advantage because contractors aren’t financing the development charge up front.

‘That gives them a very good incentive to build houses that haven’t been sold yet.”

Brown added the “people are discovering” that Amherstburg has noteworthy subdivisions, such as the Canard subdivision and further development of the Kingsbridge area.

Even Bob-lo is seeing some construction with four single-family dwelling being built.

John Reeve, who moved his family to Amherstburg from the Toronto area six months ago into a new home, agrees with Brown.

“There are some beautiful subdivisions is this area,” said Reeve. “I looked all over this area, Windsor, Kingsville, Leamington and LaSalle. My wife and I settled on Amherstburg because the homes and neighbourhoods are gorgeous.”

Reeve added that brand new, United Communities Credit Union Complex, along with the town’s nice parks and waterfront could also be an enticing factor to families in search of a new home.

“Having a Wal-Mart in town doesn’t hurt either,” joked Reeve.

The Toronto native said he was well aware of the problems Amherstburg is faced with before he moved his family into town.

“I did my research before we moved. I’m well aware of the debt and the tax increase that faces this town,” said Reeve. “Amherstburg has its problems, that’s for sure. But show me a municipality that doesn’t have problems. This is a great town, we could have done a lot worse.”

“This is a good sign. Amherstburg is growing and moving forward,” said Brown.

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