Macdonald council has approved a conditional use permit for a 144-unit condominium development in La Salle.
Three representatives from Newcastle Development, a subsidiary of Steinbach’s Hillside Construction, attended the RM of Macdonald council meeting on Aug. 12 to discuss plans for the development and seek a conditional use permit — the first step in the project.
Josh Friesen, who is partnering with Newcastle, told council the development is planned to eventually include six three-storey buildings and 50 detached garages, as well as outdoor parking.
The proposed development, called River Edge Condominiums, would be built on the south side of PR 247 between the LSCU Complex and Kingwood Estates on what is now agricultural land.
He said that 36 per cent of the total land will be used for green space. The River Edge development will be similar to one the company built in Île des Chênes, which contains 112 units.
Each building will have three types of suite designs available, ranging from $200,000 to $250,000.
"Affordable luxury is what we’re calling it," he told council.
Asked about the small number of detached garages compared to condo units, Friesen said this is based on the Île des Chênes project, and for that one, most people who were willing to pay the extra cost for a garage were able to get one.
Friesen said the La Salle project will be phased in, with each of the six buildings being constructed as buyer demand dictates.
Newcastle Development has also built condominiums in Steinbach and Lorette.
While council approved a conditional use permit, the project must wait for the La Salle wastewater lagoon to be expanded, and the developer must meet highway standards for access and meet the Macdonald council’s conditions before a development agreement is signed with the municipality.
Friesen said he’s hoping for construction to begin next spring.