On hand from Devonleigh Homes: Andrew Kidd, President; Amanda Ponce, Operations manager; Stan Moore, Construction Manager; Caroline Snyder, Sales Director; Dylan Moore, Site Super; Mitch Williams, Site Super. From the Municipality of Grey Highlands: Mayor Paul McQueen; Deputy Mayor Aakash Desai; Councillor Tom Allwood; Councillor Paul Allen; Councillor Dane Nielsen; CAO Karen Govan; Director Planning and Building Michael Benner.
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Members of the Grey Highlands Council along with staff were in attendance for the Devonleigh Homes ground-breaking event held on September 29 in Markdale. Dubbed Centre Point North, the latest community of homes to be built in Markdale touts the beauty of country-living with access to everyday amenities.
The development consists of freehold townhouse located off Margret Elizabeth Avenue along Stonebrook Way in Markdale’s north end which will bring more housing to the municipality at a time when Grey Highlands continues to expand with new families, business and services. According to a Municipality of Grey Highlands media release, Devonleigh Homes has a strong reputation for quality with over 24 years of experience and over 3,000 homes delivered.
Unit sales in this first phase of Devonleigh Homes' development will launch in November and the townhomes will be move-in-ready by late Spring of 2021.
Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen was enthusiastic about progress on the subdivision with high praise for the developers. “I know I speak for everyone here when I say how thrilled we are to see Devonleigh Homes beginning construction today on their new freehold townhouse in phase 1 of this development. We are excited to be working together with Devonleigh Homes to bring more housing opportunities to our rapidly growing municipality and look forward to watching this development grow and opening the doors for current and future residents to live, work and play in our community for all seasons,” said McQueen.
The Mayor's sentiment was reciprocated by Devonleigh Homes President Andy Kidd. "We are excited by the way we've been received," exclaimed Kidd, giving a nod to the municipality and a welcome reception from the local community.
According to Amanda Ponce, Operations Manager for Devonleigh Homes, the public has already expressed a lot of interest in the development. "We canvassed the area a couple of years back, actually, and there was quite a bit of interest then... and our phones have kept on ringing," she added. Ponce explained the desperate need for housing to accommodate young families in the area, citing local businesses whose employees currently commute from outside of the area. "It's good for Markdale and great for everyone."
"In this first phase, there will be 36 townhomes — six blocks of six units each," said Ponce."They are about 1,450 square foot, two-story, three bedroom units. Each unit will have access to their backyard without having to impede their neighbours," she added. Subsequent phases will be announced at a later date.
Another builder, Sunfield Homes has already begun to sell townhomes at the west end of Stonebrook Way with a total of 19 townhomes in four blocks of four to six units each.
"The stars are aligning," said Mayor McQueen, who was buoyed by recent announcements of progress for many new facilities, including a new hospital, public school and water tower. "For years, we've been talking the talk," said McQueen. "Now we are walking the walk."
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