New Syd­ney sub­di­vi­sion closer to re­al­ity

‘It’s com­ing right along’

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY NANCY KING nk­ing@cb­

It could be a mat­ter of weeks be­fore road­ways in a new Syd­ney sub­di­vi­sion are turned over to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and lots can be­gin to be sold.

Everett Knickle, a con­troller with Joneljim Con­struc­tion, said work at the new sub­di­vi­sion in the Cos­sitt Heights area of Syd­ney is pro­gress­ing ac­cord­ing to plan. All of the sewer and wa­ter lat­er­als for the first phase have been in­stalled, and crews are now putting in curbs and side­walks. Once that is com­pleted, as­phalt will be put down and the road will be turned over to the CBRM, and lots will be ready for residential de­vel­op­ment.

“It’s com­ing right along,” Knickle said. “They’ll ac­tu­ally sub­di­vide the lots and then in­stead of hav­ing one big chunk of land, we’ll have a whole bunch of lots that we can sell.”

That work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in four to six weeks.

Part­ners Joneljim Con­struc­tion and Hal­i­fax-based home builder Picket Fence Homes an­nounced in 2012 plans to build 350 hous­ing units over a 10-year pe­riod, rang­ing from se­niors apart­ments and sin­gle-level town­houses, to semi-de­tached and sin­gle-fam­ily homes.

The first phase will in­volve about 150 lots, in­clud­ing a mix of apart­ment lots, town­houses, du­plexes and sin­gle-fam­ily dwellings.

“It’s go­ing to be nice, it’s go­ing to be great,” Knickle said. “We’ve got all the var­i­ous types of homes cov­ered.

Some of the work was slowed by poor weather, but Knickle said they are pleased with how it is now pro­ceed­ing.

“The con­struc­tion sea­son was pushed back prob­a­bly a month be­cause the snow hung on,” he said. “Once things cleared up and we got go­ing, things are go­ing pretty good now.”

While the CBRM has seen its pop­u­la­tion fall due to out-mi­gra­tion, Knickle said Joneljim be­lieves there is a de­mand for the de­vel­op­ment.

“I’m get­ting calls all the time now,” he said. “I think the de­mand is start­ing to pick up around here.”

Joneljim it­self may ul­ti­mately de­cide to pro­ceed with an apart­ment de­vel­op­ment, he added. There is room for two apart­ment build­ings in the first phase.

The pro­ject also called for the de­vel­op­ment of walk­ing and bik­ing trails, a board­walk and recre­ation fields while main­tain­ing the sur­round­ing wet­lands.

The de­vel­op­ment will pro­ceed in five two-year stages. Over 10 years, it is es­ti­mated to be a $50-mil­lion pro­ject.

The de­vel­op­ers pur­chased the Cos­sitt Heights land assem­bly from the CBRM for $500,000. The CBRM had been seek­ing a residential devel­oper for the sub­di­vi­sion since 2007.


Curb and side­walk work is con­tin­u­ing at a new sub­di­vi­sion de­vel­op­ment in the Cos­sitt Heights area of Syd­ney. An of­fi­cial with devel­oper Joneljim Con­struc­tion said the work nec­es­sary to turn the newly con­structed road­ways over to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity could be com­pleted in a mat­ter of weeks.

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