Developers propose multi-unit buildings for Port aux Basques

Brodie Thomas
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Two proposals put before Port aux Basques Town Council at the Jan. 22 meeting show developers are working to meet the housing shortfall in the Gateway town.

Chad Strickland of Newland Developments is proposing the construction of an eight-unit executive style condo building on lots number one and three on Smallwood Drive.

Another developer, Guy Munden, wants to build six two-storey two-bedroom units, with an additional six bachelor apartments in the lower level. His proposed units would be in one large building at 14 LeGrow Street.

Councillors were generally pleased with both proposals. Both locations are zoned discretionary use, so the town had to give notice of the planned developments and give residents a chance to submit comments to the council positive or negative.

No motions were made but Mayor Brian Button said the proposals both looked “positive.”

Chad Strickland has been building homes in the Codroy Valley. He said his eight-unit condo with 1,000-square-foot units would be perfect for young couples or empty nesters looking to downsize and retire.

Strickland’s development, which he hopes to begin in March or April if approval is given by council, would be like any other condominium. Homebuyers would own their units and pay monthly condo fees. The condo corporation would take care of maintenance, snow clearing, grass-cutting and exterior upkeep.

“If this goes ahead it would be a year’s work for 10 guys,” said Strickland. “It creates work in town and brings people back to town.”

Strickland said he knows housing is an issue in town, especially for seniors looking to downsize from large family homes and he hopes this will help with that demand.

Likewise, developer Guy Munden is aware of the aging population on the southwest coast. He said he at first considered building some sort of retirement home on the land he owns on LeGrow Street, but he is now exploring rental units instead.

Munden’s proposal actually has three phases. The 12 units mentioned above are part of phase one. He hopes to construct 15 units in total.

The design for phase one is inspired by the colorful row houses of downtown St. John’s.

Phase three would be a personal home, with a design inspired by a dory pulled ashore and turned over.

Writing form Alberta, where he is currently working in construction, Munden said he hopes to build something less conventional yet tasteful and inspired by the culturally and historically significant aspects of the classic Newfoundland experience.

“Each building has its own style but, together combine to help establish the character of the site as a whole,” he wrote. “If approved, this project will be more than the sum of the floors, walls and roofs and it will hopefully reflect the respect of my heritage and my appreciation of the ocean.”

Discretionary notices appeared in the Jan. 28 edition of The Gulf News.

Organizations: The Gulf News

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, 14 LeGrow Street, Codroy Valley Alberta Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Gerry Samms
    February 08, 2013 - 10:30

    It seems to me that these proposed buildings are residential , not so much commercial. If permitted and carried out in a cosmetically favorable way they can be an addition to the area as well as adding neighbors. Other towns and cities utilize these type of buildings in residential areas without sacrificing property values.

  • maggie white
    February 08, 2013 - 03:13

    port aux basques needs senior apts geared to income , not all seniors would want condos and pay tax and condo fees. and the would be for seniors only adult blgd.

  • stephen
    February 06, 2013 - 18:16

    famous last words CONDO FEES .lol

  • Dee
    February 06, 2013 - 10:33

    Condo rentals are a much better market. No seniors who now own there own homes are going to sell and then possibally have to get another morgage to buy a condo, they will however sell their homes and rent a condo and enjoy their money from the sell for their last few remaining active years. These rental units tend to be in high demand as opposed to trying to sell them. Maybe a better market to sell to younger couples but not seniors

  • Andy
    February 05, 2013 - 10:37

    If this town council approves this development, they just killed another Sub Division. Who in there right mind will spend 2 to 500,000 to build a house knowing they got a commercial unit next door. Don't see the value or return there, just another case of the town moving backwards or not caring about there taxpayers. Seen this before where a commercial buliding kills a good area. Good luck trying to sell the rest of your lots for one commercial building.