When the story first broke that Indwell, a Christian Charity group behind the revamping of Hambleton Hall, purchased the Norfolk Inn in Downtown Simcoe, there was a surge of support from the community.
Following that, we started to hear doubts.
People feared that offering affordable housing at the facility was not going to solve issues with Downtown Simcoe, mainly those with addictions.
This is a criticism that is familiar with Indwell’s Director of Projects and Development Graham Cubitt.
The plan is to renovate the building from top to bottom and open up the bottom to commercial and office space.
Cubitt says they will also sit down with everyone currently living at the facility when they officially take over on December 1st.
Cubitt is aware that many assume those living at the facility are currently facing addiction trouble but suggests where they live now compared to what it is going to be turned into will be a night and day difference.
Affordable housing is in big demand locally with the waiting list for one-bedroom affordable units in Simcoe being the longest.
Some people need to wait 8-10 years for housing.