11 Ratz St.
4-bedroom duplex, 4pc bathroom, 2pc bathroom, natural gas heat, A/C – yes
No smoking, three-car driveway, fenced backyard, garden shed, 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.
This opportunity arose in an unusual way. The owners of a multi-unit building in Waterloo had sold their property to a neighbouring condominium developer and were required to remove all buildings as a condition of the purchase. Rather than create rubble for landfills, they were searching for a non-profit organization that could make use of their building once it was removed from the site. It had been determined that the upper three floors could be salvaged intact and transported to new sites. They contacted MennoHomes to ask whether this was something they could do.
Thanks to a new round of government funding allocated specifically to this location, MennoHomes was able to agree. Each of the three salvageable floors was about 1,500 square feet which were converted into four-bedroom units suitable for large families. The next challenge was to find suitable land for the building. Bonnie Brubacher, who was already engaged in the Centre Street build, located an estate sale property on Ratz Street in Elmira. The property was an unusual one: an existing three-bedroom bungalow with an abutting vacant lot, which had already been zoned for a duplex. It was made to order.
Because of the Elmira site’s proximity to a chemical factory, MennoHomes commissioned two environmental studies with help from a Canada Mortgage and Housing SEED grant. Testing showed that the soil was free of contamination and stable enough to build on. Two of the floors went to this site and the third floor was moved to David St. in Wellesley.
Construction was completed in June 2013 with tenants moving into their new homes at the beginning of July.