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Mark Stephens, Eleanor Maund-Stephens, Jacalyn Anderson and Danielle Heaton were among developers praised for their efforts at a Pincher Creek event.

Working together: Pincher Creek celebrates recent developments

After a series of successes, the Pincher Creek community housing committee hosted a meet-and-greet last Thursday at Seeds to celebrate some key developers.

Garry Cleland, town councillor and housing committee member, notes that while the focus was on the developers themselves, the event showed the value of working together.

“We’ve got these three groups that are all doing awesome in the community — the developers, the committee and the town administration,” he says, noting the importance of bringing the groups together.

The biggest developments highlighted were the Seeds relocation, the RCMP barracks flip and the new medical clinic.

Jacalyn Anderson extensively renovated a Main Street building and moved Seeds a few doors down. This allowed the business — a cafe, flower shop, yarn and handcrafted goods shop — to expand.

Dr. Mark Stephens and wife, Eleanor Maund Stephens, were commended for their work establishing a second medical clinic in Pincher Creek, along with Dr. Saisha Deonarain.

Dave Willms and Danielle Heaton were recognized for their residential flip of the old police barracks. They are currently working on a residential development behind the Co-op.

 

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Others receiving accolades for projects were:

—Kelly Toews and Clint Baerg, Link Builders

—David McQuaig, Travelodge

—Aaron Hemphill, Vitae

—Jeff Hammond, Pincher Creek Co-op

—Kendall Toews, Avalanche Contracting and Southwest Waste Management

—D.J. and P.J. Singh, Parkway Motel and Econolodge

—Mark Maunsell, Maunsell Ventures

—Joe Schwab, M&M Motors

—Richard Claude, building developer

—Sheldon Boese, land and building developer

—Jordan Ramias, Attachment World

—Matt Boese, Superform

—Justin and Tyler Toews, Riteline

 

 

The town’s housing committee played a small role behind the scenes in many projects, making introductions and facilitating progress.

“We tried to facilitate people using what was in the community, and we didn’t spend any community money, just our time,” says Cleland. “We want to continue doing that with other developments in the community.”

He views the town’s main role as determining the community’s needs and connecting people to try to have these needs met.

Cleland notes that they are also looking into changing some bylaws to make development more accessible.

“It’s revenue for the community to help keep our taxes down and our services up,” he says.

Cleland says hosting the event was an important opportunity to show taxpayers that town staff are working hard to attract new additions, amenities and necessities to the community, and he was blown away by the turnout to the celebration.

“It was awesome and everyone seemed to really enjoy it,” he says. “It’s important the community knows that the town is working at this.”

 

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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.

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“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.