Elgin Park Redevelopment Project

In March 2019, Northumberland County announced plans for the Elgin Park Redevelopment Project in Cobourg in order to increase the number of subsidized and market rental housing units at this location from 18 to 40. In addition to 12 market rental units, there will be 28 subsidized units - an increase of ten over the current availability at this site - adding to the Northumberland County Housing Corporation's existing stock of 344 units across Northumberland. 

Upcoming public consultation

Schematic designs for the new units have been developed, identifying the construction of four new 10-unit buildings. The County is now actively working with the Town of Cobourg towards rezoning the site and anticipates that, with the support of the Town, this will be achieved by the spring of 2021.

On October 15, 2020, Northumberland County will be hosting an online/telephone Q&A session to share updates on the status of this project with residents and to obtain feedback about the proposed design in order to inform the zoning application process. 

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Join Online: zoom.us/join
Join by phone: 1-855-703-8985
Meeting ID: 843 6253 8456
Passcode: 446106

Background materials, including a presentation on the proposed design, are available for review through our Join In Northumberland consultation portal.   

Should you be unable to attend the upcoming Q&A Session, we invite you to email any questions or comments to the project team.

Email the project team

Background

The average household income in Northumberland County is below the provincial average, making affordability a critical issue.

  • Data indicates that 48% of local renter households are spending 30% or more on housing costs.
  • The wait list for subsidized housing has expanded by over 260%  since 2008, with approximately 1,000 households now on this list. The demand for units is highest in the Town of Cobourg, where the wait is now approximately nine years.

The Elgin Park Redevelopment Project responds to the critical need for additional RGI and purpose-built rental housing in Northumberland.

Project Status

  • In 2019, the County received funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – a $30,000 grant and a $120,000 interest-free loan – towards the cost of pre-development work for the Elgin Park project.
  • Schematic designs have been developed and the County is now actively working with the Town of Cobourg towards rezoning the site.
  • A phased approach is planned for this project, with preparations now underway for Phase 1 of construction. This phase will involve the demolition of eight existing units (four buildings) in the spring of 2021 to create space for at least 20 new units.
  • Northumberland County has a transition plan in place for tenants who will need to relocate as a result of construction, and is now working closely with impacted tenants and supporting community partners to ensure smooth transition to alternative safe and affordable housing.

Northumberland County Housing Corporation (NCHC) is a community housing provider in Northumberland County with over 344 owned and operated housing units. The NCHC provides rent-geared-to-income (RGI) and affordable rental options to low-income households in Northumberland.

Northumberland County is the sole shareholder of the NCHC and gives direction to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the budget, upholding corporate by-laws, agreements, and reports; and for long-range strategic planning. The Board of Directors is comprised of County Council representatives, the Chief Administrative Officer of Northumberland County, and citizen directors.