New di­vi­sion heads for Hills Cedar­glen Liv­ing in Panorama Hills

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A vet­eran Calgary builder that has fo­cused on moveup, laned and sin­gle-fam­ily es­tate homes will now of­fer multi-fam­ily hous­ing.

Cedar­glen Homes has opened a new multi-fam­ily di­vi­sion called Cedar­glen Liv­ing.

The ex­pan­sion to mul­ti­fam­ily de­vel­op­ment was fu­elled by a num­ber of fac­tors, says gen­eral manger Cole Hag­gins, who’s the son of the Cedar­glen Homes chair­man Scott Hag­gins.

“With the changes in city pol­icy and men­tal­ity of the con­sumer, multi-fam­ily seems to be the way a lot of peo­ple want to go,” says Cole.

City poli­cies such as Plan It aim to boost den­si­fi­ca­tion through things like tran­si­to­ri­ented de­vel­op­ments, re­duc­ing the need for more in­fra­struc­ture such as roads.

“With the limited amount of land sup­ply be­ing brought on right now … it al­lows you your own de­vel­op­ment to build a site with some vol­ume, even though you don’t have a sin­gle-fam­ily lo­ca­tion to get into,” he says.

Cedar­glen Liv­ing’s first pro­ject is slated for the north­west com­mu­nity of Panorama Hills. It’s a 107unit, wood­frame town­home de­vel­op­ment.

The com­pany’s sec­ond pro­ject is ex­pected to come on stream next year in New Brighton, a com­mu­nity in south­east Calgary. It is ex­pected to in­clude some stacked condo units with town­homes.

When scout­ing sites for de­vel­op­ment, Cole says he’ll con­sider a num­ber of fac­tors, in­clud­ing prox­im­ity to ameni­ties.

“Close­ness to trans­porta­tion is re­ally im­por­tant right now, the way the city’s grow­ing,” says Cole.

“I’m look­ing for sites that are in that (1.2 to two hectares) range — not so big that you can’t get through them.

“I like the idea of be­ing in more es­tab­lished com­mu­ni­ties be­cause once you get the in­fra­struc­ture there, peo­ple tend to want to move into those lo­ca­tions more.”

While most of the com­pany’s de­vel­op­ment will be in sub­ur­ban ar­eas, Cole says Cedar­glen Liv­ing will also be look­ing at in­ner-city op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Be­ing that we’re brand new to this, we wanted to get our feet wet in the sub­urbs, where we’re fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ers and are work­ing off a clean lot,” he says. “Once we get some ex­pe­ri­ence, the ex­pec­ta­tion is that we’ll be look­ing at more in­ner-city op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Cole says the con­nec­tion be­tween the com­pany's sin­gle-fam­ily di­vi­sion and Cedar­glen Liv­ing won’t be in name only.

“Our ex­pec­ta­tion is to keep at least the in­spec­tion process from the sin­gle-fam­ily side across to the mul­ti­fam­ily side to make sure the qual­ity is main­tained,” he says.

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