Third time unlucky for condo site
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | August 31, 2017
It appears a third attempt to build a condo at 1 Sunnyside St. in Haliburton has failed.
A ‘for sale’ sign recently appeared on the property and the players involved in the project aren’t talking. Several email and phone messages left with consultant Sharon Snitman were not returned. Real estate agent Mark Dennys said he was unable to comment.
In an interview, Dysart Reeve Murray Fearrey told The Highlander he has spoken to the owners about the property.
“They’ve had two or three buyers, but the economy doesn’t work so they’re looking at other proposals now,” said Fearrey.
In July of last year, Snitman along with builder Peter Schoettle and business partner Stephen Lee told council about their plans for the development, dubbed One Sunnyside. It was set to feature 83 units facing Head Lake and many amenities such as a 3,500 sq. ft. “Art of Living Centre” for activities and exercise classes, and a lap pool.
In 2015, Stephen Mak, owner of an architectural firm in Toronto, presented his plans to build a four-storey condo on the property, called Bluewater. It didn’t happen because he couldn’t get financing, said Snitman in a previous interview.
But long before Mak and the most recent builders arrived, Snitman was involved in trying to bring a condo to town. About nine years ago, a much larger 150-unit development known as Watercolours was in the works under Mady Development. In 2013, the company listed the property for $1.95 million, saying it “no longer fit” with their corporate strategy.
Dysart’s planning director Pat Martin confirmed last week she hasn’t had any communication with the developers since their presentation last year. They intended on tearing down the old Fleming College building—but it still stands.
“The building is still there and the site plan agreement file has been inactive for several years,” said Martin.
The property is currently listed with Chaim Talpalar of Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage for close to $2.5 million. It’s about four acres, according to the description, and is located across the road from Granite Cove, one of two existing condo developments in Haliburton by Greystone Construction.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.