New Barrie Seniors’ Development

March 9, 2012

For Sale Friday

Some exciting news hit Barrie this week! A new seniors’ development is scheduled to be built at Lakeshore Dr and Bradford St. It is common knowledge, and a popular topic of conversation, that our population is getting older. It is becoming increasingly difficult for seniors to find appropriate housing for their “golden years” when owning a large home is too much work and living in a nursing home is not yet on the table.

The new “Harmony Village” by Fortress Real Capital could possibly have over 600 units with a 25,000 – 30,000 square foot community centre. There will be the option of living in a condo-type unit or in assisted living. This type of downtown living with various amenities will bring great value to property in the neighbourhood, much like the condos that currently line the waterfront.

This isn’t the first time a seniors’ development has been considered for Barrie. Back in December 2011, I attended a Barrie City Council meeting where a multi-use building complex for seniors was proposed for the Little Lake community, including a medical centre.

It’s clear that people are thinking about our future population. Certainly there are always concerns with respect to environment, construction, traffic, and noise whenever a new development is proposed to be constructed.

The reality is there are few options for Barrie seniors right now. The vast majority of condos in Barrie are multi-level unless you can afford to live in a waterfront high-rise. Considering the aging population often are on fixed income, it is a growing concern for the future.

Let’s start giving our seniors more housing options. Don’t forget; it will be you someday.

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Laura Keller of Century 21 B.J. Roth Realty is a real estate agent with a business philosophy of nurturing relationships with her clients. She will walk you through the process of buying, selling, or investing step-by-step so there are no surprises at the end of your transaction.

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