37 King Street, Georgetown
Our Build Story
On Friday, April 29th, local dignitaries, volunteers, donors, Habitat board members, staff and members of the community gathered at our property in Georgetown for our official groundbreaking ceremony and to celebrate the beginning of the transformation of the iconic Exchange Hotel building and surrounding property into Habitat houses #41-45 for 5 local Georgetown families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.
“We’re very excited to get this project underway,” says Habitat Halton-Mississauga CEO, John Gerrard. “Transforming the abandoned hotel and property into 5 homes is no small feat, but with the help of local councillors and members of the community, we will also transform the lives and the futures of 5 local families for generations to come.”
This will be our longest and most unique project to date with three phases to the build.
Phase 1 – Habitat will begin to prepare the original hotel, ensuring it is structurally sound and ready to be moved forward on the property to allow for 4 more homes to be built.
Phase 2 – The hotel will then be relocated and Habitat will begin to restore and replace any of the necessary elements to transform the hotel into a home for a family in need.
Phase 3 – Construction will begin on the additional town homes, giving 4 more families a place to call home.
“The relocation, restoration and redevelopment of this property will be a big undertaking,” John Gerrard explains. “Due to the disrepair of the hotel itself, the costs associated with relocating the building and the expense to build 4 more town homes on the property, Habitat is looking to our friends in the community to get involved and raise money to support the project.”
Introducing the McFadden-McMahon Build Project
Our CEO John Gerrard had the happy task of announcing the next volunteers to be honoured through our build project naming initiative at our annual Home for the Holidays Volunteer Celebration on November 30th. Our Exchange Hotel project in Georgetown will now also be named for two active supporters of our organization as “The McFadden-McMahon Build Project” in honour of founding board member and current national board member, Ed McMahon, and long-time volunteer Tom McFadden.
August 2016 – Site clean up and fencing
Summer 2017 – Phase 1: demolition
Spring/Summer 2018 – Site servicing, grading and relocation of hotel
Winter 2018/Spring 2019 – Building begins
Photo Gallery Function
Work is finished up in Georgetown and we’ve removed the additions to the original Exchange Hotel structure. Thanks to our friends at Kieswetter Demolition Inc., we have recycled what materials we can and the interior of the hotel has been cleaned out so we can get a better look at the structure of the building. Working to preserve the original Hotel to the best of our ability, we have consulted with and enlisted the help of two sets of engineers, one specifically just for deconstruction currently taking place at the site. We have also been working on extensive asbestos remediation with the help of third party contractors.
Winter is coming… and as we are currently still waiting on some final decisions about the structure from the Town of Halton Hills, our next steps on the property are to close in and prepare to weather the colder months. Although we know this project is going to take us a while to get going and complete, we hope that over the Winter we can make some collective crucial decisions so that we can start making progress in 2018.
With the delicate nature of the demolition and the costs associated with the work needed to try to keep the original structure intact, we need your support to ensure that five local families can get the affordable housing that they deserve.