Three Rivers Council has given conditional approval for the construction of two 12-unit apartment buildings on the Fraser Street Extension in Montague.
The three-storey buildings will be located behind Pharmasave. The council voted 10-0 in favor of the development at the regular council meeting on February 15.
Mayor Ed MacAulay said the new development will give people more housing options.
“We have people, unfortunately, sleeping in their cars because of the lack of housing. They can have jobs and they can work, but they don’t have a place to live,” he said.
“People are starting to see that we need to get more housing in Three Rivers.”
A 13-lot subdivision in Lower Montague also received conditional approval at the council meeting.
There are a few conditions on both developments, including things like environmental impact, but he said he expects the conditions to be met.
“I think the apartment building approval has already been approved pretty well unconditionally at this point.”
The new developments are a good sign that interest in the area is growing, MacAulay said.
The population of Three Rivers increased by 10% between the 2016 census and the 2021 census.
“We are going to have opportunities for people to come and live in the region, to work in the region,” he said.
“I think Kings County has tremendous appeal.”
MacAulay hopes work on the apartments will begin in the coming months.