2, 4 Centre St.
3-bedroom semi-detached, 4pc bathroom, 2pc bathroom, natural gas heat, A/C – yes
No smoking, one-car driveway, one-car garage, fenced backyard, no carpet, appliances included (fridge, stove, washer, dryer)
No Vacancies Currently
Tenants are responsible for all utilities, water, and sewer. Accounts with Union Gas, Waterloo North Hydro, and Woolwich Township must be in the tenant’s name. Deposits may be required for new accounts. Yard maintenance is the responsibility of the tenant. Tenants are responsible for their own content insurance.
Construction of the semi-detached house on Centre Street in Elmira started in June 2011 and was completed in early 2012. Under the supervision of teacher Scott Shantz, fourteen Elmira District Secondary School grade 11 and 12 students spent the fall 2011 semester framing, roofing and shingling the semi-detached house, along with installing insulation and doing prep work for subcontractors. Some of the students had extensive construction experience. While others had none, this opportunity offered them a chance to learn as they worked on a real and meaningful project.
Throughout the process, students were given safety tests, tests on reading, building plans, and a final exam. They also kept weekly logs, outlining any mistakes they made during the week, or any safety precautions they took to avoid injury. Teacher Scott Shantz said, “The kids don’t know who exactly is going to be in the homes, but they know it’s in their community and there is a bigger connection in the end. The beauty of this is the community involvement in a community project.”
Clare Brubacher, president of Paradigm Homes, and his wife Bonnie Brubacher from Royal LePage Realty, agreed to act as project managers at no cost. They said, “Because both of our careers involve homes, construction, and real estate, the opportunity to be the project managers for the Elmira Build 2011 seemed to be a great fit. It enables us to give back to the community.”
Based on local agency referrals, tenant families moved into these three-bedroom units in March 2012.