While there may not have been a lot of headlining development news over the last month the underpinnings of some pretty serious projects in Squamish are certainly underway. The first phase of Bosa’s Waterfront Landing are taking shape with a development permit filed and the concept of a townhome community emerging. Polygon’s Garibaldi Springs hosted a public open house to help clarify the vision of their site, and Furry Creek (15 minutes south of Squamish) gets some new owners who have big plans. Current pre-sale inventory is getting very low with opportunities to buy new dwindling in Squamish for the time being. Here is everything you need to know about residential development in Squamish this month.
Waterfront Landing, a 53-acre development to be located at the mouth of the Mamquam Blind Channel in downtown Squamish will include 804-965 townhomes and apartments plus commercial/ retail and public parkland areas. Waterfront Landing will connect to downtown Squamish via a pedestrian footbridge.
A development permit was recently filed by Bosa Developments proposing 88 two and three-bedroom townhomes located in Phase 1 of the site. The two-bedroom townhomes or ‘Gable Homes’ are to be street facing and their design will reflect the area’s industrial past with gable roofs, bold colours and corrugated metal cladding. The three-bedroom townhomes or ‘Shingle Homes’ will feature shed roofs, and a sophisticated colour palette. All of the buildings will have wood accents, direct ground access and walk-out yards and patios/decks. There is also a pending application to the District for a ‘model block’ which would form part of the sales centre for the new development.
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There are only six remaining pre-sale townhomes left in downtown Squamish. Soleil at Coastal Village which is located in a prime spot next to the Squamish estuary is nearly sold out! With completions starting in the next six months this is a great opportunity for anyone looking to buy new in Squamish.
All of the townhomes and duplexes in Skyridge are now sold out with only a few skysuite apartments remaining. These beautiful apartments have an elevated southern exposure with a communal rooftop patio in an exclusive community with sweeping mountain views. Remaining one-bedroom apartments start in the mid $400Ks with completions in 2019-2020.
The sleepy golf community of Furry Creek, located between Squamish and Vancouver, has just been bought by a Chinese Company, Fine Peace Holdings. The vision for the new 175-acre community is approx. 250 townhomes around the golf course with the possibility of apartments, a general store, boutique hotel and marina. Townhomes are permitted within the current zoning although zoning amendments would be needed to accommodate the single-level apartments.
In October, Polygon Homes hosted a well attended open house detailing changes to the proposed Garibaldi Springs Development. Some of the changes included bringing the number of residential units down from 520 to 395. The actual size of the build-able area on the site has also been decreased to 33.5 acres, just under a third of the 119.5-acre former golf course site. The leftover land on the site would remain as an ecological reserve with 4.5 acres of parkland set to include an extensive trail network. A portion of the housing would be set aside for affordable housing. More on this soon.
Public consultation took place all summer and early fall to gain feedback from the Squamish community with regards to the proposed Newport Beach Park. The online survey can still be accessed here. Shortly a Public Open House will be held to present the findings and showcase the shared working vision of the public park and beach. Watch this space.
That’s all the news on Squamish developments this month- make sure to sign up for monthly development updates if you haven’t already! You can stay up to date with upcoming projects in Squamish on the District of Squamish’s Development Showcase Map.