The North Hastings Community Hub will soon be ready to break ground, with the help of the federal government.
The feds announced today that they will be investing $750,000 into the hub’s construction. Federal Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says that residents need better public spaces, especially libraries, where people want to live, work and raise a family. On hand at the Announcement was MPP Daryl Kramp, whose government is adding $625,000 to what both governments call a vital project. He says he knows how important this is for the community, saying that Bancroft needs this as a hub for the area. Mayor Paul Jenkins says this is the next step to make sure that Bancroft becomes a place where people want to work and live. Jenkins says that the Hub will also continue and enhance the cultural exchange between residents and the Algonquin First Nation. The Town is putting in over $500,000 into the project.
The Hub will be 4,000 square feet and will include new space for the North Hastings Public Library. The three-story mixed-use building will come with 20 affordable housing units. The Hub will be located on Cleak Avenue with access to Hastings Street North. The project will break ground in either September and October and is expected to open to the public in March 2023. Springdale Development will handle the affordable housing.