The township is hoping to develop affordable housing on surplus land along the old rail bed near Newboro’s ball field and on Harry Seeley Drive in Elgin.

Township considering housing
proposals in Elgin and Newboro
The Township of Rideau Lakes is considering two proposals that could see affordable housing coming to Newboro and Elgin.
Council approved an Affordable Housing Strategic Plan in the spring with six action items, one of which was identifying surplus lands that could be made available to potential developers or sold, with the funds to go toward affordable housing.
Earlier this summer, they identified a one-acre property adjacent to Lorne Park in Newboro and five acres on Harry Seeley Drive in Elgin.
A request for proposals was issued this summer to private companies and non-profits seeking interest in an affordable housing development or a market-rate development that included affordable units.
Three firms sent in submissions for both sites, with one firm making a submission for the Newboro site only.
Staff recommended MultiRez Capital for the Elgin property and Newboro Collective Corp for the Newboro property and, at a Sept. 12 meeting, council authorized staff to enter into negotiations with  the two groups with terms brought back for consideration.
MultiRez proposed all three bedrooms for the Elgin site, which would target families, one of the township’s objectives.
For the Newboro site, Newboro Collective Corp proposed three multi-unit, single storey slab on grade buildings at 2700 sq. ft. each geared ot the seniors market.
For both properties, staff recommended Colmac Properties proposals be considered and held in reserve should initial negotiations not work out.