Tim Comack, vice president of development for Ventura Developments Inc., visited Stonewall council at their meeting on April 3 for an update on the Quarry Ridge Park housing development in the southwest part of the community. His visit pertained primarily to The Renaissance, a 63-suite complex geared for adults aged 50 and over, located at the northeast corner of the development.
He added that with the town implementing the SPRUCE incentive grant last January, Comack hopes that The Renaissance will begin construction in June.
“We’re working right now as a team to start articulating to the public that we’ll be starting construction soon,” he said. “I’ve got some requests to (Town of Stonewall CAO Wally Melnyk) to create some certainty on the SPRUCE program which he’ll administer. If we can get that, then we’ll be a position to
probably have shovels in the ground and have activity happening this summer.”
Comack also added that there are still a few matters regarding approval from the South Interlake Planning District as well as borrowing funds for the project.
“We’ve decided to take that on under the belief that once we start building it and people see that it’s here and it becomes a viable option they can touch and feel, it will help us move the whole project forward,” Comack explained.
Phase one of the project will be the construction of 33 units plus a common area with a main floor lounge containing a kitchen, fireplace and access to an outdoor patio. If all goes well, completion of phase one is expected to occur in the summer of 2020.
Comack also discussed with council possible design changes to housing units and streets at the Quarry Park Ridge development, including the addition of more duplexes.
“Our end goal here is to make sure that we’re doing what’s right for the community as a whole,” he said. “I think this is beneficial for everybody.”
Heritage site designation
Catherine Precourt, general manager of Stonewall Quarry Park, asked council to consider designating the kilns as a historical site.
Precourt mentioned that the town has only designated three sites for local historical significance since 1991 and fears that the landmarks will deteriorate without designation. She also said the historical designation will make the kilns eligible for grants and the Save The Kilns initiative has received the support of former Thomas Sill Foundation executive director Hugh Arkley.
“He gave me all kinds of pointers and people to call,” Precourt said. “We’ve had innumerable calls from people like Mr. Arkley offering their assistance … We’ve had a lot of people saying this is bigger than Stonewall. We just need to start here by showing the project is important to us, and then we can spread.”