New Sydney subdivision closer to reality
‘It’s coming right along’
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.