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The final phase of VBJ Developments’ Island Park subdivision can be seen in the orange box at the corner of First Street and Patricia Avenue. This subdivision joins a growing list of development plans in Brandon’s south end, both residential and commercial.
The final phase of VBJ Developments’ Island Park subdivision has been approved by city council.
A total of 119 single-family lots will be developed in four phases, at the corner of First Street and Patricia Avenue, south of Crocus Plains high school in the south end.
"The idea would be to do about one (phase) a year, or if sales are going well, then we could do two at once," said Steve McMillan, VBJ Developments vice-president of planning services.
City council approved the company’s application to subdivide 2200 First Street into the single-family lots, as well as two multi-family lots, which will likely include apartments and townhouses.
"We want to have a good mix … so you kind of hit different markets," McMillan said.
Island Park also includes Ninth Street from Maryland Avenue to Patricia Avenue, along with Southridge Estates, Frobisher Bay and Ericson Crescent.
The subdivision will be surrounded by single-family dwellings to the west, row houses to the north and agricultural land to the east and south.
VBJ has been working on the subdivision for several years with the city.
"It’s just nice to have everything laid out, everything approved through council and we can just start building," McMillan said.
Primary access to the property will be by Portola Drive, with an emergency access from Patricia Avenue.
As part of the development agreement, VBJ was required to develop a detention pond near Crocus Plains, as well as other drainage infrastructure.
The development company also agreed to contribute funds to plant trees along the proposed public roads, to construct a new sewage lift station, construction of First Street, installation of traffic lights, construction of sidewalks, etc.
The new street names will be Granville Crescent (Phase 1- 36 units), Hedin Crescent/Intersol Bay (Phase 2- 46 units), Keenan Bay (Phase 3 − 19 units) and Hedin Crescent (Phase 4 − 19 units).
This residential subdivision joins a growing list of development plans in Brandon’s south end. VBJ Developments has also been working on a plan to build a major retail centre, a residential area and a large green space on 170 acres southwest of the intersection at 18th Street and Patricia Avenue. The company must wait to see what the City of Brandon’s and the neighbouring rural municipalities’ fringe growth strategy will entail, as the land is in the RM of Cornwallis.
Shindico, a Manitoba real estate firm, is looking to sell a parcel of land for residential development east of First Street and north of Patricia Avenue. In the property details, the firm’s brochure states that the land is two kilometres "from a proposed new major retail development — Brandon Hills Shopping Centre."
The "proposed" shopping centre would be located on the east side of Highway 10, just south of a residential area on Patricia Avenue. A future expansion area is also earmarked to the east of the shopping centre.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 23, 2013