New Espanola Subdivision Gets Initial Approval

By Rosalind Russell – Espanola council unanimously approved a proposal from a long-time developer for a new sub-division in the town’s south end.
George Wade had originally looked at developing the Brentwood Village subdivision over 30 years ago, but the project was halted following the former Mike Harris government’s freeze on new builds.
However, Wade had kept the project front of mind and now has the town approval to move ahead on developing 27 new housing units geared to seniors.
He says he wants to develop one three-unit townhouse and six four-unit rowhouses in the south end of town.
There were several people in attendance at the hearing on February 27th with a variety of questions.
Wade reassured them that the project is well developed, it is in fact in phase 3, and all the details are available for anyone who wants see the blueprints and plans for the area.
Wade says all the costs are borne by him as the developer including sidewalks, maintenance and everything will be done to retain the natural beauty of the area. The vacant property lies kitty corner behind the Tim Hortons and runs parallel to the Queensway Avenue all the way down to Rainbow Concrete.
Wade says the units will be available for people 55+ and that there will be the option of renting or buying a unit outright.
He says he already has a waiting list and the units are all one storey in design with one or two bedrooms and different options.
Wade also pointed out he has been in touch with local construction and building related businesses who are enthusiastic about the project.
“Brentwood Village is an independent living community designed exclusively for mature adults, 55+, and seniors. It offers an age-exclusive residential enclave in Espanola. It will be located half way between the hospital and half way between the mall, which is important to residents, especially seniors.
“Each residence is over 1,100 square feet and includes two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, in-suite laundry with washer and drying; and features a master suite complete with ensuite bath and walk-in closet.
“Garden home residents will also enjoy their own private driveway, garage, covered porch and landscaped outdoor space.”
Wade pointed out all the units will be built as single storey residences with no stairs, energy efficient features, central air and wheelchair accessible features, such as ‘roll-in’ tiled showers.
Optional services will include housekeeping and ‘snowbird’ home monitoring.
Mayor Ron Piche commended Wade on his work and initiative in coming forward with the project.
It is not known at this time how many jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project, but it will take three to four years to complete the project.
Council approved consent applications to sever lots and a zoning amendment to move ahead for the building of a road with several stipulations.
If all are met, construction will begin when the snow is gone. The first seven units are expected to be available for occupancy in the Spring of 2019.
As for pricing, that is still being fleshed out, but anyone who has any questions or wants more information about buying or renting a unit, is encouraged to call Wade. He can be reached at 1-705-583-2192.

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