Third try for Haliburton Village condo development
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | July 14, 2016
A proposed condominium project for Haliburton is going from 44 to 83 units.
It also has a new name—One Sunnyside.
But the principals behind the development say not much else has changed.
“It’s essentially the same as the previous proposal,” said builder Peter Schoettle, who was joined by his partner Stephen Lee of Emerald Waters.
They met with Dysart councillors during a special meeting on Wednesday to review renderings of the project located at 1 Sunnyside St. Almost a year ago, Stephen Mak, owner of an architectural firm in Toronto, presented his plans to build Bluewater, a four-storey condo on the very same property. It is directly across the road from Granite Cove, one of two existing condo developments in Haliburton.
But it didn’t come to fruition because he couldn’t get financing, according to consultant Sharon Snitman.
Well before he arrived, about eight years ago, a 150-unit development known as Watercolours was in the works under Mady Development. In 2013, the Toronto-based company put the property up for sale for $1.95 million when it “no longer fit” with their corporate strategy.
The 3.68-acre property is currently listed for less than $1.4 million. The increase in units from the previous
proposal was necessary to make the project feasible, said Schoettle in an interview.
“It has to do with the amenities space that we’re providing,” he said.
The development will feature a 3,500 sq. ft. lake view “Art of Living Centre” for activities and exercise classes. A lap pool will also be part of the amenities.
“The amenities (are) the full complement of the amenities we had at Watercolours,” Snitman told council.
The units will start at 750 sq. ft. and are expected to exceed 1,100 sq. ft. Each will face Head Lake.
Prices have not yet been set, said real estate agent Mark Dennys.
The price range for Bluewater was between $270,000 and $400,000.
“They will be comparable,” said Snitman, who explained the target market will be Haliburton residents and those in the
Greater Toronto Area.
The cost to build is yet to be determined, said Schoettle.
They plan to use local materials and the architects, Quadrangle Architects Limited, have considered the surrounding
environment in their design.
“The architects designed the building so that it wouldn’t look institutional,” he said.
“They’ve used angles ... just to soften it and so that it fits in to the landscape better.”
There are 84 covered parking spaces and 17 spaces for visitors.
“I think it looks pretty good,” said Councillor Derek Knowles.
Reeve Murray Fearrey was also impressed by what he saw.
“This is by far the best we’ve seen,” said Fearrey.
In order to obtain a site plan, the developers must now complete numerous studies and working drawings. They intend to work within the current zoning restrictions. A zoning bylaw amendment isn’t necessary.
They will tear down the old Fleming College building, which has been sitting vacant for years.
Schoettle expects to start this fall, but planning director Pat Martin reminded him that a lot of work has to be done.
“I would say even 2017 would be even ambitious,” she said.
The developers stayed after the meeting to answer questions from those in attendance, including members of the public.
Councillors Walt McKechnie, Tammy Donaldson and Susan Norcross were not in attendance.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.