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Development of new housing units projected to occur on already-purchased land a few streets behind the Pincher Creek Co-op, adjacent to Highway 507. | Graphic courtesy of Danielle Heaton

New residential development to get rolling in Pincher Creek

A newly announced development project will see 23 new housing units built, including five complexes with four bungalow-style units each. The project is expected to be completed in roughly three years.

Land a few streets behind the Pincher Creek Co-op has been purchased and the development is currently in the permitting stage.

Phase 1, which aims to build five multi-family complexes, each with four roughly 1,300-square-foot units, is expected to begin construction this spring or summer. The units will be two or three bedrooms, with two bathrooms, in-suite laundry and attached garages.

“We hope to have the foundation down this summer so we can build through the winter,” said developer Dave Willms.

He is partnering  on the project with his sister, Danielle Heaton. The two are originally from Pincher Creek and have already completed other housing projects in the town, like a residential flip of the old barracks.


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The next phase of the project involves 11 single-family lots between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet and seven more between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet, to be completed in that order after Phase 1.

Danielle says the units will be flexible toward different demographics, but a big thing for them was designing units with their parents in mind and making the bungalows senior-friendly.

The developers’ current estimations of the construction costs are about $1 million per fourplex, not including the land purchased.

“We’ll do a lot of the work ourselves, but we’re very much about trying to use as much local as possible,” says Dave.

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The units will be rentals, with the first projected to be about $2,000 a month. While the developers are looking to focus on long-term rentals, they may consider selling or doing short-term rentals down the road if the market demands it.

“We’re trying to address some of the housing deficit in Pincher Creek,” says Dave.

He says the current council is very pro-development, and has been supportive of this project.

Town councillor Gary Cleland, an involved member of the housing committee, sees a huge need for this kind of development, creating homes for middle-class working families looking to live in Pincher Creek.

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

“The town is trying to say ‘We’re open for business,’ ” he says. “We want people to move to Pincher.”

Cleland notes he’s been seeing more families moving from the cities and knows of a nursing family currently looking for a place to rent.

“The big thing for us is to get all the professionals we can get in the community so that everyone else is comfortable coming here,” he says.

“It’s a basic need,” says Danielle. “A community can’t grow and get better if there’s not enough housing.”

She also notes that people won’t come to Pincher if they can’t find housing.

“We think there’s a huge need for it otherwise we wouldn’t be looking at this kind of investment,” says Dave.

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.