Tour Riverside Senior Living With Family This Holiday Season

Posted on Dec 26, 2017

The Comox Valley has been bustling with out of town guests this holiday season. Are you hosting friends and family from out of town this holiday season? Or are you traveling to the Comox Valley to visit loved ones?

If you are visiting elderly parents, you may be having conversations about their living arrangements as they begin to need more assistance.

Riverside Senior Living, Courtenay’s newest Independent Living Community for Seniors, will be open and offering tours of their show suite through the holiday season. Renovations have now begun to convert a section of the Best Western Westerly Hotel into senior living residences, and Riverside Senior Living will be ready to welcome residents in Spring 2018.

Learn how convenient it would be for friends and family to visit and stay at the hotel, while enjoying everything the community has to offer. Enjoy the many holiday activities in the Comox Valley and plan to return year after year.

To arrange a tour and learn more about the amenities at Riverside Senior Living, contact them today.

Phone 250.331.4010 or Pre-register online

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Meet the Team Behind Riverside Senior Living in Courtenay

Posted on Dec 21, 2017

The Comox Valley’s newest retirement residence, Riverside Senior Living, is locally owned and operated by an experienced residential development and hospitality management team.

Managing partners Stan Sprenger and Rick Browning bring extensive experience from projects in BC, and across Canada and the US.

Since 2006, they have owned and operated the Best Western Westerly Hotel in downtown Courtenay. In the past decade, they have added a 36-suite hotel wing with ground floor retail, rebuilt the pub, kitchen and catering facilities, and are now building all of the facilities for Riverside Senior Living, which is set adjacent to this full service hotel.

Stan has more than 20 years of hospitality development and management experience. Prior to launching his own private company in 2006, he was president of Intrawest vacations and lodging operations, overseeing 10 North American resorts.

Rick brings a background in developing and managing a luxury senior’s housing complex in California, as well as major retail, hospitality and residential projects in BC over the past 30 years, with his company Western Management.

Together with their management team, Rick and Stan are working to develop a unique concept in retirement living for the Comox Valley. Riverside Senior Living will welcome its first residents in the spring of 2018. Residents can choose from one bedroom or studio suites, equipped with kitchenettes. Amenities will include a spa and fitness facilities, a swimming pool, billiards lounge and social areas.

Book a tour of the newly opened show suite and learn about all of the options and amenities available at Riverside Senior Living. Call them at 250.331.4010 or register on their website.

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Updates from Building Links in the December 2017 Edition of Business Vancouver Island

Posted on Dec 13, 2017

In the Comox Valley, the upgrade to the Comox Valley Regional District water system is one of the largest water projects on the agenda for BC, as part of a province-wide effort to bring all drinking water systems to current standards.

While the provincial Ministry of Health sets drinking water quality policies, each regional health authority works with communities to achieve those objectives.

The current treatment project design will feature a filtration plant combined with chlorination. The construction project is expected to cost $110 million and will include five major pieces of
infrastructure:
1. A new deep-water intake in Comox Lake built a kilometre off shore and 30 metres below low-lake level;

2. A new raw water pump station on the shore of the lake;

3. A 2.5-kilometre pipe that will transport the water uphill to the site of the new water treatment plant;

4. A new filtration plant building, including offices for water treatment staff;

5. A five-kilometre pipeline to deliver treated water to the base of the BC Hydro penstock, connecting with the existing system.

The Comox Valley is the only community of its size in BC that does not have a secondary form of treatment. A new system will
bring the Comox Valley water system in line with other communities across BC.

Construction of the new water treatment plant is scheduled to begin in 2019 and be fully operational by 2021.

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Medical cannabis producer Santè Veritas Therapeutics is currently in talks with City of Powell River and Catalyst Paper Corporation for expansion as it continues to convert a building on Ash Avenue into a medical-marijuana growing facility.

Santè Veritas has indicated it will exercise its option to purchase the former mill administration building that is currently being
renovated, and has approached the city to buy additional prop- erty for construction of another 50,000-square-foot building.

The company has also approached Catalyst about purchasing additional surplus land.

Santè Veritas signed a memorandum of understanding with the city in 2013 that included provisions for the company to lease the former Catalyst administration building. The company is spending between $6 and $7 million on the building’s conversion which is expected to be completed in January, 2018. The company is planning a public information session in December so the community can learn more about its plans.

Health Canada is expected to provide the license as soon as February, 2018. This project is expected to create up 50 to jobs
at the facility.

Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links. Contact:
clarice@ buildinglinks.ca or
find Building Links on Facebook

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New Retirement Living Community Enjoys Benefits of Downtown Courtenay Location

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Riverside Senior Living, a new independent living community for seniors, is set in downtown Courtenay, just steps from grocery and drug stores, and a shopping plaza offering medical lab services, a coffee shop, a travel agency and more.

The Comox Valley offers many of the benefits of big city living, all in a friendly, small town setting. The City of Courtenay is the largest of three municipalities in the valley, and is the hub for shopping and services.

The city boasts a brand new hospital (opened October 2017), and an airport with expanding service thanks to increasing passenger numbers.

A vibrant, walkable downtown shopping street leads to the Sid Williams Theatre and the Florence Filberg Centre, which is home to the Evergreen Club. Seniors in the Comox Valley can also take advantage of the course offerings at ElderCollege is hosted by North Island College.

With a growing senior population in the Comox Valley, there are many services set up to cater to this group. Riverside Senior Living is the newest independent retirement living community in Courtenay, and features a host of amenities, including a social lounge, three dining venues, a swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness facility, and a busy activity schedule.

Contact them today to book a tour of their show suite and learn more about the amenities at Riverside Senior Living.

Contact 250.331.4010 or register on their website.

 

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Secondary Suite and Carriage Home Construction Sees Major Jump

Posted on Oct 25, 2017

Building Links has recently compiled the building permit and construction values for the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas for the third quarter of 2017. Building Links notes a trend in the increase in the construction of secondary suites and carriage homes.

They reported an overall increase of 238 per cent. Building Links tracks this information when a separate building permit has been taken out for a secondary suite or carriage home. In many municipalities including Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland, specific zoning allows for the construction of a secondary suite in a single-family home without applying for a separate permit. Based on this information they estimate that the increase is actually more like 400 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016.

This means, according to the building permits reported, that there have been approximately 100 secondary suites and or carriage homes built in the past year, compared with approximately 25 built in 2016.

Due to the rising cost of individual lots, the cost of construction and the looming shortage of sub trades, more buyers are looking to subsidize the high cost of a new home by building a secondary suite or a carriage home. According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) report for September of 2017, the cost of purchasing a home in the Comox Valley and the Campbell River area has increased by 22 per cent over the same time period last year.

There is a shortage of lots in both the Campbell River and the Comox Valley areas, and this is contributing to the extremely high cost of buying a new home. Many new subdivisions are being proposed in both areas, but it is taking, in some cases, years to get the subdivision approved by the various municipalities.

According to the same report by VIREB in September, strong economic fundamentals are underpinning housing activity in British Columbia, particularly in the southern half of the province. The BC economy has expanded at above-trend growth for more than three years, with 2017 expected to be the fourth consecutive year of economic growth hitting three per cent or higher.

The secret is out about Vancouver Island – its beautiful scenery, the welcoming communities and up to now, the reasonable cost of buying a home. The real estate scene is changing dramatically and quickly and more people are choosing Vancouver Island as their destination to retire or relocate. In my view, the price of real estate will continue to go up due to the demand to live in a piece of paradise, known as Vancouver Island.

Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links.
Contact: clarice@buildinglinks.ca or
find Building Links on Facebook.

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136 New Building Lots Keep Crown Isle Growing

Posted on Oct 18, 2017

Silver Sand Land Corp., the real estate division of the Crown Isle community, is taking offers on proposed building lots in The Rise and in the Crown Isle Drive Extension V and VI. The Rise will be adding 69 lots in Phase III and Cambridge Park Estates will be adding 67 lots on the extension of Crown Isle Drive. Lot prices in The Rise are expected to start at $195,000; lot prices in Cambridge Park Estates are expected to start at $250,000.

Site services and road work are expected to continue during the winter, once all approvals are in place with paving scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2018. The real estate team in the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community are hoping to have registration on the lots by May of 2018.

Make your inquiry today, as many lots are already reserved.

For more information, contact:
Jason Andrew, Director of Sales
Cell: 250.207.0070
Email: jandrew@crownisle.ca

Prices are subject to change without notice.

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