Town to seek input on housing demand

Staff

Town council and administration will meet with Rainy River Resources next month to determine if the mining company foresees any demand for the development of residential lots in Fort Frances over the next five years.
Council has been pondering whether to develop local properties for residential lots, specifically the second stage of the Kaitlyn Drive subdivision, but wants more information as to whether the need is there to warrant it.
They will meet with Rainy River Resources, which is developing a gold mine near Blackhawk, to see what it feels about the potential need for housing.
The topic of residential lot development also will be a major consideration at the town’s next strategic planning session, scheduled for June 16 at Sunny Cove Camp.
If positive feedback is received for residential lot development in Fort Frances, as a result of the meeting with Rainy River Resources and the strategic planning session, the town will meet with private developers within the next three months to determine is there is any will on the part of the private developers to develop their land in the next three-five years.
Town-funded residential lot development also will be an economic development consideration during this term of council in order to increase assessment based within the community.