Excitement and challenges are the best ways to describe the year 2012 from the city’s perspective.
“It’s an exciting, challenging year to keep up with or ahead of the growth,” said city manager Garry McKay. “For the first time in decades … some new housing is now under construction in terms of rentals or multi-family ownership.”
For example, he said there is private development “well under construction” on Maple Street south of the former KFC. He said that development will consist of 28 housing units. He said that private development will likely play a role in addressing the tight vacancy rate in the city.
But the city is still facing challenges on the housing front.
“Our biggest challenge without a doubt in land right now is relating to multi-family land — land where you can build six or eight or more units,” said McKay.
The City of Moose Jaw is developing the Westheath residential area. He said there are four lots in Westheath for either a four-plex of a six-plex. The lots are on the market, but developers haven’t picked them up yet. Right now there are no multi-family land units available.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.