Apartments for people with disabilities going ahead in Cornwall

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Cornwall Mayor Barney Fullerton, left, looks at notes as Councillor Marlene Hunt, right, speaks at a town council meeting in this Guardian file photo.

CORNWALL — An apartment complex for people with disabilities is going ahead in Cornwall.

Council had been dealing with a request to develop 51 MacArthur Dr. into five apartment units for people with disabilities.

In July, Cornwall council discussed a list of concerns about that project from area residents.

Chief among them was a worry that rezoning to allow the apartments for disabled people would open the door to some other use for those apartments years down the road.

Council decided in July to see if there was a way to ensure that would not happen. It has recently heard that indeed it is possible to enshrine such a condition in a development agreement.

“That agreement has been signed, the lot has been severed and the development agreement deals with issues such as sewer service, storm water management, parking, scale drawings and most importantly, I would say, is a provision for long-term use being restricted to persons with disabilities,” said Cornwall Coun. Peter Meggs.

He was presenting the town’s planning and development committee report recently at the November monthly meeting of council.

He asked council to approve a conditional-use permit.

The motion passed unanimously.

“It’s wonderful to see this coming forward,” said Coun. Marlene Hunt.

Organizations: Cornwall council

Geographic location: Cornwall

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  • Nora
    November 29, 2012 - 13:59

    This is great news. However, Im curious to know what the rental rates will be. There are several accessible apartment units being built now, however the monthly rates are much too high so they are unable to fill them .. Will this be the case here??

  • brgitte
    November 29, 2012 - 12:31

    power to you councillor hunt can you come here and tell my council i am disabled not allowed my basic human rights in the courts i will win i am not allowed my life

  • Michelle
    November 29, 2012 - 11:44

    I do hope they get an occupational therapist in there to help determine a proper universally designed set-up for persons with disabilities!! Building code doesn't always cut it.