Discover Tillsonburg Spring 2019

Tillsonburg’s record-setting year for new home construction HOME SWEET HOMES

Written by Michele Sponagle F or years, Tillsonburg has been known for tobacco and the back-breaking labour required to harvest it. But while Stompin’ Tom may have put us on the map, these days, Tillsonburg is gaining a reputation for something else—quality new homes. As southwestern Ontario’s housing market heats up, more people than ever are discovering the joy and affordability of small-town living. In 2018, the Town had its strongest year ever for new residential construction, with 324 building permits issued and a construction value of $31.4 million. “Last year was amazing for new home construction,” says Chief Building Official Geno Vanhaelewyn. “Eighty-six new detached homes were built and 62 new apartment and condominium units.”

Hayhoe Homes breaks ground at their new Tillsonburg development, Andrews Crossing

It all adds up to good news for the staff responsible for the Town’s residential attraction and marketing efforts. Collaborating with builders “In 2014, we launched a collaborative marketing pro- gram in partnership with local builders,” explains Cephas Panschow, Economic Devel- opment Commissioner. “The idea is towork together to promote Tillsonburg as an

attractive place to live, with builders competing for sales once buyers have determined Tillsonburg is the right fit for their needs.” Hayhoe Homes, the popular developer behind Andrews Crossing, has been a part of the marketing partnership since its inception. “A program like this lets us leverage our marketing dollars,” says Joe Hayhoe, Director of Sales and


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