New rental development proposed for Saint Andrews

Screenshot Alexander Gopen, bottom, centre, community planner with the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission, was on hand during the presentation regarding a potential rental development in Saint Andrews at the Monday, Nov. 8 council meeting.

SAINT ANDREWS – A new proposed residential development has been announced for the corner of Mowat Drive and Bar Road in Saint Andrews.

A presentation of the application was made at the Monday, Nov. 8 meeting of council.

The development group is led by owners Charlie and Colleen Bourgeois, with involvement from Hughes Surveys of Saint John, Moncton-based Steve Davies of Local Development Group, and Tim Lyons with Atlantic Commercial Brokerage.

“I have been working in Saint Andrews for many years now; we are excited for the opportunity to continue working with the town of Saint Andrews by bringing a first-class development to this beautiful part of the world,” Bourgeois said. “Based on recent surveys and discussions with the town, we believe there is strong demand for garden home living, and we can’t think of a better community to invest in for this development.”

The proposed residential development will feature a garden home community of 25 two-bedroom, two-bathroom, one-level homes named Van Horne Garden Homes, designed for those looking to ease into slower-paced living without giving up the comforts and independence of their own domain.

The homes have been designed from the ground up with convenience, practicality, quality, style and energy-efficiency in mind. Everything will be maintained and taken care of, including grounds and snow removal.

“While this is new for the town of Saint Andrews, this isn’t new for other communities,” said Davies. “They’ve had good track records with these developments and the demand is there.”

Community Planner Alexander Gopen said during the council meeting the development has potential for the housing market in the town.

“There is definitely a need for this type of housing, and it’s interesting to see that this is where the market is going,” he said. “Having long-term rental units is really important.

“They would meet the needs of young professionals and seniors, I think it definitely meets the needs of St. Andrews housing, for sure.”

The development project will more than likely be back before council in their December meeting to begin the process of discussing rezoning.

Abby Cameron