New residential development coming to Cheakamus

Benbow Custom Homes planning three duplexes on Mount Fee Road

A new residential development is coming to Cheakamus Crossing after a deal was finalized Monday (July 29) for the purchase of a vacant lot on Mount Fee Road.

The 31,000-square foot lot was purchased for $1.25 million by Benbow Custom Homes for the development of three duplex buildings totalling six residential units. Already into the design phase, Benbow Custom Homes owner John Benbow said the aim is to give the development, called The Couloir at Cheakamus Crossing, a "modern mountain look" that remains consistent with the design features of existing buildings in the neighbourhood.

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"(The buildings will have) a flatter roof design, but also with some wood accenting, beamery and things like that to still have the mountain look in there," he said. "They will all be very greenly built to high standards with an extensive use of materials that last for a long time, like concrete, so that there'll be minimal maintenance for years."

The lot slated for development is located at the intersection of Mount Fee Road and Legacy Way. Benbow said the units will be set at a price point higher than the three-bedroom River Bend units in Cheakamus, which start from $685,000.

"We're kind of doing this project a step up from River Bend, only because they're going to be a little bit bigger, they're going to have double garages instead of singles, and they're going to be a couple hundred square feet larger, so it's a bit of a step up but we're still trying to keep it affordable for people," Benbow said.

The developer sees The Couloir meshing well with the Cheakamus neighbourhood, and consulted with homeowners in the area before moving forward with the project concept.

"I think the whole area is really coming together," he said. "With the development of Bayly Park coming together, the gardens, the tennis courts and the soccer field to come down the road, it's really become a community of its own."

The development does not require a zoning amendment.

Benbow is hopeful construction at the site will begin this fall, but admitted that was an "aggressive" timeline for the project.

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