Royal Bay Built is your monthly update about what’s being built in this beautiful seaside community. Projects large to small, we cover them all! Here’s what happened in October.
Coffee is served!
The MUCH-anticipated Sequoia Coffee Shop quietly opened its doors for staff training in October, and it has been hopping every day since. The drive-thru and walk-up windows are both busy and the feedback has been nothing short of amazing. The community has welcomed Sequoia with open arms, and it has quickly become a community hot spot. It’s just a taste of what is to come with many more shops and services set to be announced in the coming year.
The Next Exciting Chapter of Royal Bay: Latoria South
One of the West Shore’s most recognizable landmarks, the Royal Bay quarry, long known locally as Producers Pit, has played an important role in the Colwood community as a local landmark, and major employer for several generations of Colwoodians.
Royal Bay earned its name originally when Her Majesties Royal Navy ships used the protected waters of Royal Bay and Esquimalt Harbour to anchor and would often use the looking sand bluffs as target practice for the shops cannons. In the late 1800’s, the mine opened, and began exporting the clean, pure sand and gravel up and down the Pacific Coast as concrete aggregate for over a century. At its peak, millions of tonnes per year were shipped out by barge, and the Colwood sand and gravel was used to build buildings, bridges and support the war effort.
Throughout the quarry’s years of service, Colwood has grown from its rural roots to become a flourishing urban community. Work has now started to reclaim the old quarry and continue to deliver the vision of the Colwood Official Community Plan.
Latoria South has rapidly transformed into an active construction area as we prepare the land for the next chapter of Royal Bay. Development plans have been accelerated by the two announcements of an elementary school site purchase and the Royal BC Museum Collections and Research Facility. Several major infrastructure projects will start construction in mid 2021, including the extension of Ryder Hesjedal Way to Metchosin Rd., the extension of Dunlin Rd. to the South, continued improvements to Metchosin Rd. Major improvements are coming to the intersection of Metchosin and Latoria, as plans for a fully signalized intersection are advancing, and is a top priority that is expected to start construction
Over the next year, you will see extensive land preparation as the big machines prepare the entire 158-acre site for development. A new retail village, including a grocery store, coffee shop, restaurant and pharmacy, is planned to start brick and mortar construction in Spring of 2021. The museum site will be prepared by June 2021, ready for the Province to then build the facility itself in late 2021/early 2022. Only those details recently announced by the Royal BC Museum and Province are known so far, but a public educational component has been confirmed, and at least 100 government jobs will be located right here in the heart of Royal Bay. The Museum is expected to draw international interest and be a driver of economic growth for Royal Bay and Colwood for decades to come.
Start scheduling your playdates!
The much-anticipated playground in Meadow Green finally has vertical elements in place for the first playground toys. Construction is expected to last 6-8 weeks, after which the playground will open, even if a temporary access route is needed. The landscaping of the large park green will occur after the playground opens, and over the Winter with final planting and grass seeding in the Spring. Next year, additional park connections will be made through and around Murray’s Pond park, as well as connecting the Ryder Hesjedal Way pedestrian/cycle track up to Painter Road trail.
If you have visited our GableCraft website lately, you may have noticed we have given it a facelift with a variety of changes incorporated to make it easier to find homes you may be interested, register for updates or simply get to know us better.
Sales Team Sells Out Sector 3 in Record Time. Now launching Sector 4!
With the recent sell out of our latest phase fronting Meadow Park in record time, the Sales Team is excited to launch its newest Sector (4) which will include over 90 homes. The initial release, coming the first week in December, will focus on 41 new homes which will offer a wide range of styles and sizes, with prices ranging from the upper $600s to upper $800s. Along with the release, the Team has revamped their colour board schemes as well as added the latest offerings in their Interior finishing’s package to ensure buyers are seeing the latest trends in home design.
Compass Sold Out
Just as the single-family sales have been charging along, our 58-unit townhome development, Compass has also sold out in record time. Sales were so brisk; we did not even have an opportunity to open a Show Home at the development. Fortunately, in early 2021, we will be releasing a new townhome site, The Coral in Royal Bay, which will consist of 83 townhomes, and feature new and similar designs to Compass.
The Villas on Caspian: 16 Distinguished Rancher Style Patio Homes to be Released Soon.
Single level patio home living will be coming to Royal Bay in December as we are excited to announce the upcoming release of 16, 2-bedroom Rancher style homes. These distinguished Strata homes will be just under 1400 sq. ft. and will offer those looking for main floor living a wonderful opportunity to get into Royal Bay. With all homes providing double attached garages and the highest quality of craftmanship, owners will be sure to fall in love with these inspiring and highly functional patio homes.
For more information please reach out to Area Sales Managers Tanya Zakkour and Brendan Wilkinson at the HomeStore or through the web site: www.GableCraft.ca