Valley’s first master planned community takes shape at Anderson Hill
Alberni Valley News
While some might not want to come home to their old high school, Port Alberni’s Kris Elder couldn’t be happier.
The Elders are among the first families building their dream homes at the Alberni Valley’s first master planned community, Anderson Hill. The site of Kris’s former high school, he recalls watching field hockey games on the ground where his home is now taking shape.
In fact, with construction of the residential lots at the Parkview Crescent subdivision now complete, only a few properties remain in the community’s first phase!
Close to 250 Rental Units Proposed for Parksville's Despard Avenue
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Approximately 250 rental apartment units are proposed for development on a large lot at Despard Avenue and Moilliet Street South in Parksville. The property belongs to District Group, a real estate development and asset management company based in Vancouver. President Michael Nygren told Parksville City Council on Monday night that his company’s proposal will help address a historically low rental vacancy.
“This is longterm supply that we’re proposing to have here,” Nygren said, adding units will vary in types and sizes and won’t focus on one particular age group or demographic.
“It will be a project that will happen in multiple phases,” Nygren said. “As far as the OCP and the rezoning amendment goes, it’s currently zoned for transitional residential, we’d like to change that to multi unit residential.”
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Ground broken on Port Alberni’s first master planned community
Alberni Valley News
In true west coast fashion, the groundbreaking of a new master planned community in Port Alberni took place in the middle of a downpour.
The Anderson Hill master planned community is being constructed on Alberni District Secondary School’s former site, which has been vacant since the old school was demolished in 2014. The 23-acre lot in the middle of an established city is a unique opportunity, said District Group president and CEO Michael Nygren.
District Group officially broke ground on this development on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Despite the rain, the event drew a small crowd of investors, city staff and interested residents.
“We’re very particularly excited about this project,” said Nygren on Tuesday.
Anderson Hill Master Planned Community Vision Takes Shape
Alberni Valley News
Communities become successful when they are authentic to their surroundings and genuinely serve the needs of the people who inhabit them. This happens when a developer understands the locals, the region and the customers they’re building for. With ties to Port Alberni, the founders of Vancouver-based District Group have watched the town evolve over the past decades and always saw the potential in building something exceptional for the city. With world class vision and a local understanding, District is designing and will be building the Alberni Valley’s first master planned community, Anderson Hill.
Apartments being planned for northern edge of Nanaimo
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Development in Nanaimo could be stretching all the way to its northernmost boundary.
Nanaimo city council, at its meeting last Monday, approved a covenant amendment application to advance plans for a 146-unit rental-housing development at 6675 Island Highway North.
“People probably recognize it better as sort of the last property before you leave the City of Nanaimo,” said Dale Lindsay, the city’s director of community development.
The land behind the Michaels arts and crafts store used to be outside city limits. In 2012, a covenant was placed on the title requiring that a developer there would have to provide a $175,000 community contribution and build a new site access along the old Island Highway and a link to the commercial property on Mary Ellen Drive.
“At that time it was contemplated to be significant commercial development…” Lindsay said. “What has occurred in the interim is there is a new ownership group and they’re taking a very different approach to the property.”
Council approved a major rental apartment building complex to be built near the University of the Fraser Valley.
The project would see 204 units built in three different buildings north of King Road and immediately west of the King Road Connector. The buildings would be four, five and six storeys tall. Commercial space would also be included on the ground floor of one of the buildings.
When the proposal first came before council, it was met with positive reviews. Councillors hoped the project would help address the region’s exceptionally low rental vacancy rate.
On Monday, Coun. Sandy Blue said: “We have a housing shortfall generally and we certainly have a rental shortfall so seeing a purpose-built rental building like this … I think it really is necessary.”
King Road rental development gets good reviews from Abbotsford council
The Abbotsford News
A new mixed-use development proposed that would create 204 new rental apartments on King Road near the University of the Fraser Valley received an enthusiastic reception from Abbotsford council Monday.
The project – which will go to a public hearing at a later date – would see three buildings constructed northwest of the intersection of King and King Connector Road. The buildings would be four, five and six storeys tall. The building closest to the King Connector intersection would also house about 5,500 square feet of commercial space.
“I’m really excited about this,” Coun. Dave Loewen said, saying the project addresses a desperate need for more rental housing in Abbotsford and is located near key transit corridors. “There are so many things that make this a good location for rental apartments.”
Former ADSS property sells to Vancouver-based developers
Alberni Valley News
Vancouver-based developers have purchased the former Alberni District Secondary School site on Burde Street and plan to develop multi-use housing on the lot.
Port Alberni realtor Darren DeLuca said the 22.8 acre property, owned by School District 70, was sold in March for $1.8 million. The site has been vacant since the high school moved locations to Roger Street in 2010.
The purchasers, who DeLuca couldn’t name, have ties to the Alberni Valley and have developed here in the past.
“I’m going to let them tell their own story, which will happen fairly soon because they have to go into the Official Community Plan (OCP),” DeLuca said. “[The property] is currently zoned institutional. [Developers] want to do some multi-family units and they’re well aware of the interest in seniors’ housing so that will require rezoning.”